Floyd "Ray" Burdick
1926 ~ 2013
Another of the greatest generation passed on April 20, 2013. A generation-battle hardened and formed by depression and dust. Floyd Raymond Burdick (don't call me Floyd) was born November 22, 1926 in Boulder, Colorado to Floyd William Burdick and Nancy Jennifer Horry.
He graduated from Boulder High School in 1944, the year his team won the state championship in football. He rarely missed the reunion until bad health finally curtailed it. Ray served in WWII right after high school and was scheduled for the Japanese invasion - thank you Harry Truman! After discharge, he started a lifelong career with Mountain Bell. Then to the Army Reserves (for the money) and when the Korean War broke out he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Europe restoring their communication infrastructure. After another discharge, he went back to Mountain Bell in Boulder. His high school degree served him well in his rapid rise in the Engineering Division of Mountain Bell and then to ATT. He worked in Helena, Montana, New York, New Jersey, and Boise, Idaho retiring in Denver Colorado as Vice President of Traffic.
Dad and Mariellen (mom) traveled the world visiting and dancing their way to all seven continents. They loved to ski, fish, and do anything outdoors. We could never figure out why Dad hated fish so much! He chased them in Canada, Mexico, throughout the United States and the Pacific Ocean with his partner in this ecological disaster- Al Bracken from Denver Colorado.
Besides remarkable memories, Ray left behind his daughter Linda Tylka and her husband Mike of Jerome; son-Roger Burdick and Rachel Vanderpool of Boise, Idaho; and step-daughter Lisa Combs of Denver, Colorado. Grandsons Phil Burdick and wife Sara of Sitka, Alaska, Ben Burdick and his wife Jessie of Studio City, California, and Trent Baker of Jerome Idaho. He leaves two brothers Harold Burdick of Boulder, Colorado and Lauren and his wife Lauralee Burdick of St. George, Utah. The apples of his eye were his three great granddaughters Esther and Iona of Sitka and Maddie of Jerome Idaho.
It is hard to describe how tough and hardworking Ray was even though during the last 5 years of his life he suffered significant health issues. He lived a proud life and died a proud death. He said "You know when I die Medicare will probably go back to being balanced! But I don't want to die until a Republican is President so a Democrat can take the credit.".
There were so many remarkable people who helped him during these years we thank them all. A special thanks to Drs. Mary and Bill Dietrich, the staff and patients of Liberty dialysis, Sharon Farrell and Hearts for Hospice. Dad's second home seemed to be St. Luke's downtown Boise and to that remarkable staff, thank you. Finally to the nurses Joy and Linda at Saint Alphonsus and the nursing staff who cared for Dad in his last stay.
Dad's wish was to have his ashes spread in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with "Mama" (Mariellen). Memorial donations may be sent to Wounded Warrior in Boise Idaho.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Floyd's memorial webpage at www.summersfuneral.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Apr. 30, 2013