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Michael J. Burda, age 86, of New Smyrna Beach, died Tuesday, September 24 at home, surrounded by family. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mr. Burda came to this area in 1995 from Hudson, Ohio. A member of the American Society of Automotive Engineers, he retired from the Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Cleveland, Ohio, specializing in commercial transportation loss prevention and safety. An Army veteran of World War II in the European Theater with the Military Police, he served with the occupation forces. His duties included support functions for the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial. Mr. Burda was a member and usher at Coronado Community United Methodist Church, and was active with the Citizens on Patrol for the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. Earlier in Ohio, he served on the board of directors for the Summit County Fair. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Betty; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Daniel Ricci, of Chardon, Ohio; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Kathleen Burda of Sagamore Hills, Ohio; and a granddaughter Kristin Ricci and her husband, Esben Vogelius of Moreland Hills, Ohio. Funeral service will be 12:00 noon Friday, September 27 at the Settle-Wilder New Smyrna Beach Chapel, with the Reverend Anil Singh, Coronado Community United Methodist Church, officiating. Entombment will follow in All Faiths Mausoleum at Sea Pines Memorial Gardens, Edgewater. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, 51 Main Street, Enterprise, FL 32725. Condolences may be sent to www.settlewilderfuneralhome.com.
Settle-Wilder Funeral Home and Cremation Service - New Smyrna Beach
406 S. Orange Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sept. 26, 2013