CLEVELAND >> Stuart W. Burleson, 76, of Cleveland, was called home on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and David Blasier.
Stu was born on Dec. 2, 1937 in Fenner, N.Y. a son of Cassious and Jane (Lawton) Burleson. He was united in marriage to his true love, Linda M. Christenson on Nov. 17, 1961, in Perryville. Together they raised six children, Rick, Tammy, David, Greg, Todd and Melissa.
Stu served in the US Air Force from 1955 to 1959. He then enjoyed a long career as a truck driver, retiring from Harold Jaeger Trucking in 1998, where he hauled bulk milk.
Stuart was predeceased by his wife, Linda in 2003 and a son, David in 1970, as well as siblings, Bob, Dick, Katherine, Margie, Frederika and Ruth.
Stu is survived by a sister, Betty and Ray VanDerMark of Lake Hamilton, Fla., as well as his five children, three sons, Rick and Melinda Burleson of Colorado Springs, Colo., Todd Burleson of Colorado, Colo. and Gregory and Trisha Burleson of Parker, Colo.; two daughters, Tamara and Jefferson Davis of Upper Marlboro, Md. and Melissa and David Blasier of Cleveland, N.Y. He enjoyed his 13 grandchildren, Renee, Kirby, Tara, Tyler, Lindsay, Haley, Caitlin, Nathaniel, Amber, Briana, Sharissa, Morgan and Caden. Also, his six great-grandchildren, Carinna, Ashton, Jordan, Channing, Skylar and Zoe.
Stu will be sadly missed as he lived life always with a smile and a joke. He was known as a prankster from childhood till the very end. He played many jokes over the years, starting as a young boy who released a jar of cow fleas in his teacher's fur coat, up until as an adult truck driver who used to unscrew the light bulbs in his farmers' milk houses.
He played countless pranks on his wife and kids through the years. On his final day, he laughing recalled the time he drove Linda to the grocery store. He waited in the car and watched her load all her bags into another car that looked just like his. Then he drove up to her and said "hey there, are you riding with me or with those people?"
Stu volunteered for many years for the Camden Little League, serving as an officer in the 1970s. Many people still fondly recall seeing "Beautiful Burleson" out in the field.
The family would like to thank the North Shore Ambulance for their guidance and also a special thank you to Lynn Paquette, NP with the VA. She served as his health provider for the past several years, seeing him in his home.
Calling hours will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., 109 Main St., Camden. Graveside services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the North Shore Ambulance of Cleveland. You may view obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.larobardierefuneralhome.com