Richard E. (Dick) Burt, 86, passed away at home on Saturday (Jan. 4, 2014) after a long illness.
He was born Aug. 22, 1927, in Dalton, the son of Malcolm R. and Harriette T. Burt.
Dick served his country in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II
and again with the U.S. Coast Guard in the North Atlantic during the Korean conflict
Early on, Dick worked alongside his father at Burt's Printing Service in Dalton, where he also opened a gun shop and operated a mail-order trapping supply business, Alleghany Trappers Supply. Dick married Elnora Ellis in 1952 and in 1961, they moved to Cuba to establish a Western Auto store.
In 1976, he returned to Dalton to operate Burt's Printing Service and then the Minuteman Press in Hornell until his retirement. Dick was an author ("The Farmland Trapper's Handbook") and co-author ("The Trap Collector's Guide" and "Trap Building: Modern and Primitive").
He was an inventor and craftsman (especially known for his turkey calls, sold extensively nationwide) and an avid outdoorsman with a profound understanding of nature. Dick loved good conversation and appreciated keen minds. He was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Rifle Association, the Dalton Hunters Club, the Nunda Rotary Club
(president, 1987-88), the Nunda Station Masonic Lodge, and served as a trustee of the Village of Cuba.
Dick's wife Elnora predeceased him in 1970. They had five children.
In 1976, he married Lenore Maker, who predeceased him in 1993. His remaining years were spent with his beloved companion, Patricia Wirt of Dalton, who survives.
Dick is also survived by sons, William D. Burt of Geneseo, Steven W. Burt, wife Audrey, and sons Michael, Brian and John of Roanoke, Va., Douglas E. Burt, wife Julie, and daughters Susanne, Sarah and Joanna of Cuba, Thomas A. Burt, wife Dee Dee, and sons Christopher, Matthew and Timothy of Dalton; daughter, Laurie Kastelic, husband Gene, and sons, Daniel, Andrew, and Alexander of Bosque Farms, N.M.; and one great-granddaughter, Kennedy Burt. All will miss him beyond measure.
The family wishes to thank Livingston County Hospice for its compassionate care for Dick during his final days.
Visiting hours will be held at Mann Funeral Home, 44 N. State St., Nunda, on Thursday (Jan. 9, 2014) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A private graveside service for the family will be held Friday morning (Jan. 10, 2014) at the Hunts Hollow Cemetery, followed by a public memorial and celebration of Dick's life to be held at the G.A.R. Legion Hall in Dalton at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the National Wild Turkey Federation or the Nunda Ambulance Corps.