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CHARLES "CHUCK" BURDEEN, 77, of Plantation, Florida, formerly of Chicago, Illinois, passed away May 13, 2014. He is predeceased by his parents, Max and Beatrice Burdeen and brother Jay. He leaves behind his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara, nee Mueller; his devoted daughter Melissa; his son Blake (Debbie) and grandchildren Jennifer and Jonathan; Uncle Arthur and Aunt Betty Fain; sisters-in- law, Diane (Neil) Dewbray and Marilyn (Brian) Berry; brother-in-law Michael (Janice) Mueller and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Burdeen was born June 16, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois. He entered Roosevelt University after graduating from Roosevelt High School. He graduated with a BS in secondary school teaching. During his early teaching in Chicago then Niles Township school district, he earned a Masters Degree in Management from Loyola University of Chicago. In 1967 he became active in the fledgling Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT), and soon left the classroom to devote fulltime to improving the lot of teachers and other education workers. He eventually rose to the rank of Assistant to the President of both the IFT and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and additionally was the CTU spokesman for many years. He retired from the teachers' union in July, 1990. Burdeen moved his entire family to Plantation, Florida, in August, 1990. He was not ready for retirement and became employed as the Executive Director of the Dade County School Administrators' Association (DCSAA). The organization quickly became affiliated with the American Federation of School Administrators (AFSA) as Local 77, AFL-CIO. During his tenure as head of the union he successfully won formal collective bargaining for the members of the union of educational professional/technical employees by an 87 percent margin. He then protected and improved the numerous contracts he had negotiated over the years. He will be remembered for fighting diligently to defend the rights of the membership. For years he also served as a Vice President on the South Florida AFL-CIO Executive Board. Funeral service Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Westlawn Cemetery and Mausoleum, 7801 W. Montrose Ave., Norridge, Illinois, 60706. where interment will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations be made to the and/or The . Arrangements entrusted to Lakeshore Jewish Funerals. 773-625-8621
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from May 17 to May 18, 2014
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