Hardie, Burton M.
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Burton M. Hardie until recently of Walla Walla, passed away April 18, 2014, Good Friday, at the age of 91 after 5 months in hospice. He was born September 8, 1922, in Schenectady, New York, to Royal and Grace Hardie. Graduated from Nott Terrace High School in 1942. Enlisted in the Army for World War II. He worked for General Electric in Schenectady both before and following his enlistment. He was called to service in the Army on August 17, 1943, serving two years in Kandy, Ceylon and Calcutta, India. He was discharged in May 1946 as a private first class.
He met his wife, Marjorie Kratz from Spencer, Iowa, on July 31, 1943, in Schenectady. They were married on February 10, 1944, in Pittsburg, Kansas, and enjoyed 64 years as husband and wife until her death in 2008.
He attended the General Electric Drafting Course and graduated in 1950. In 1951, they packed up their car with their two children and moved to Cupertino, California. Burt worked for General Electric, first in the Motor Plant and then as a buyer of electric motors for atomic power plants. He retired in April 1983 with 39 years of service.
He and his wife moved to Walla Walla, in 1984, after they both had retired from General Electric. They loved to travel, taking many trips to Alaska, Europe, South America, and to Japan. In 1959, with a trailer he built, the family drove to Alaska on the then primitive Al-Can Highway. They traveled twice around the world and took many cruises. Marjorie had grown up in Iowa thinking she would never see an ocean so Burt made sure they were at or on all the oceans of the world and many other bodies of water as well. They also camped and backpacked regularly including too many to count trips in Yosemite National Park. His longest trip was 100 miles on the John Muir trail in California. They shared a love of bridge and golf.
Burt was active in both Boy and Girl Scouts, as well as the PTA, as his children were growing up. He was a member of the San Jose and Walla Walla Elks, and Eastern Star Chapter #25 and Masonic Lodge #7 of Walla Walla. Since moving to Sister Bay, he attended St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Sister Bay, WI. He was known for his woodworking, building furniture, clocks and their first home in Schenectady.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marjorie in 2008 and sisters, Regina and Beatrice. He is survived by his son, Douglas Hardie, Major, USAF retired, and wife, Jeanne of Newbury Park, California; a daughter, The Rev. Joanne Skidmore, Lt Col, USAF retired, and husband, David of Sister Bay, Wisconsin; 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Donna Bentson.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, May 21, 11 a.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2336 Canterbury Lane (PO Box 559), Sister Bay, WI 54234 with luncheon following.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, PO Box 559, Sister Bay, WI 54234 or Unity Hospice, 2366 Oak Ridge Circle, De Pere, WI 54115.
Online registration and condolences may be offered at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com
Casperson Funeral Home
10708 North Bay Shore Drive
Sister Bay, WI 54234
Published in Door County Advocate on Apr. 26, 2014