C. Ronald Burr, 79, of 6 Rails Rd. (Burr Hill), Tunkhannock, passed away on Friday afternoon, Feb. 22, 2013, at Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock.
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Ron was born on June 26, 1933, in Meshoppen Twp. (Burr Hill), son of the late Warren K. (April 28, 1992) and Hannah May Steltz Burr (July 31, 1977).
He was a graduate of Meshoppen High School class of 1951. Ron met his wife Gail E. (Swisher) Burr in high school and married her on Mar. 17, 1951. They would have celebrated 62 years of marriage next month.
Ron followed in his family's footstep and owned and operated Burr's Poultry Farm Inc. on Burr Hill selling eggs, poultry, and running the hatchery. He was a third generation poultry farmer and retired in 1985. He was also a Wyoming County Commissioner from 1984 to 1988.
Being very committed to his community and all of Wyoming County, Ron was a member of the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Tunkhannock, Meshoppen Fire Co., and the NRA. He served on the board and was a cemetery caretaker of the Overfield Cemetery Association. He was a Past Master of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM of Laceyville, the Irem Temple Shrine of Dallas, and the Republican Party of Wyoming County.
Ron was the Chairman of the Wyoming Co. Housing and Redevelopment Authority. He was the treasurer of the Triton Hose Co. #1 in Tunkhannock. He was a member and past president of both the Meshoppen Rod and Gun Club and the Meshoppen Men's Club, also serving as its treasurer for many years. In his spare time Ron enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and playing cards.
Ron is survived by his wife, Gail E. (Swisher) Burr; daughters: Donna Burgess of Meshoppen, and Cindy and Chris Ferris of Meshoppen; grandchildren: Kelly and Gary Robbins of Retta, Jenny and Les Proffer of Pueblo, Colo., Jolene Sharer of Meshoppen, Jeffrey and Melinda Buckingham of Mehoopany, Christopher Buckingham of Meshoppen, Brianne Buckingham of Meshoppen, Nathaniel Buckingham of Tunkhannock, and Kassandra Buckingham of Springville, Autumn Ferris of Meshoppen, and Jordan Ferris of Meshoppen; great-grandchildren: Logan Robbins, Alisa Proffer, Tyrus Proffer, Kaiden Proffer, Joshua Sharer, Dylan Sharer, and Kayleigh Welch; brother Theodore and Ellen Burr of Middleburg; as well as several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his sons: Raymond Spencer Burr (September 28, 1955) and David Ronald Burr (January 23, 1984). and a daughter Carol Burr Buckingham (January 25, 2009).
Funeral services will be held on Thursday morning, Feb. 28, at 10:30 a.m. at the Sheldon Funeral Home, Main St., Meshoppen, with Rev. Thomas Mott of Meshoppen United Methodist Church officiating.
The committal service will follow at the Overfield Cemetery in Meshoppen. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m with Masonic services conducted by the members of the Franklin Lodge #263 F&AM at 7:45 p.m. Members of the Triton and Meshoppen Fire Companies will pass and review at 7 p.m., Wednesday.
The family will provide flowers. Those wishing to make memorial contributions may do so to the Meshoppen United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 159, Meshoppen, PA 18630.
Published in The Wyoming County Examiner from Feb. 27 to Mar. 5, 2013