Robert W. "Bob" Burdick

Robert W. "Bob" Burdick, 84, of Boulder, passed away on November 5, 2012. He was born January 23, 1928 in Milton, Wisconsin, the oldest of five children. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 18, 2012, at the Seventh Day Baptist Church of Boulder, 6710 E. Arapahoe Road, Boulder. A reception will follow at the church. After college, Bob served as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952. He was stationed at Fort Riley, KS, and in Fairbanks, AK, where he participated in the ski patrol. Bob attended Milton College in Wisconsin, receiving a BS in Business and Accounting, and later earned his Masters Degree at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Bob worked as an accountant at Northern Illinois University for approximately 13 years, where he served as Controller. After moving to Boulder, CO in 1973, he joined the Finance office at the University of Colorado and worked there as a manager until he retired. Following retirement, he worked part time at the CU Book Store. Bob and his first wife, Barbara M. Burdick, had four daughters: Susan Burdick Balli, Mary Ellen Burdick-Felling, Patty Petersen, and JoAnne Kandel. Bob and his current wife, Diane (Moore) Brookfield, met in Boulder, and were married on May 9, 1987 in San Francisco, CA. Diane has three sons: Ted, Dan and David Klauber. Throughout his life, Bob was involved in various music groups. In high school he played the trumpet. He also played in a swing band, and spent a summer at the Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan. During his years in Wisconsin, Bob sang baritone or bass with college and church choirs. He also enjoyed singing in barbershop quartets. In Boulder, he sang with the Boulder Chorale for several years, and served as Treasurer for part of that time. After moving to Boulder, Bob became an avid runner and cyclist. He ran the Bolder Boulder road race for many years. He completed several marathons and many other races, including the Dallas White Rocks Marathon, the Pikes Peak Marathon, and the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. After retirement, he joined the Seniors on Bikes (known as the SOB's). He completed the "Ride Around Wyoming" twice. Bob and his wife, Diane, often spent weekends hiking and cross Country skiing in the Rocky Mountains. They also enjoyed road trips and travel. Bob will be remembered for his gentle demeanor, his willingness to help others and his sense of humor. The family gratefully thanks Hospice and Sunrise staff for their caring and support. Survivors include his wife, Diane, his four daughters and three stepsons, two sisters, Carolyn Payne and Eleanor Shepherd and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Kay Burdick and Keith Burdick. Contributions may be made in Bob's memory to the Boulder Chorale, 685 Inca Parkway, Boulder, CO 80303 or the of Colorado, 455 Sherman St., #500, Denver, CO 80203. Please share thoughts, memories and condolences at

Published in The Daily Camera on Nov. 11, 2012