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Sherman K. Burd

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Sherman K. Burd

Sherman Burd died on December 10, 2012, in Yakima, WA, where he and his wife, Frances, had recently moved to be near two of their daughters. Sherman was born on January 28, 1918, in Madison, WI, and moved with his family to Seattle at age 8, when his father took a position at the University of Washington. Sherm himself graduated from the U with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He made his career in that field, ultimately earning his P.E. and starting his own electrical engineering business.

As a young man, Sherm worked in the fisheries industry in Alaska to pay for his college education. During one of these summers, he met Frances, who had been given a trip there as a high school graduation present from her brother. After their marriage and the birth of their first two daughters, in 1948 Sherm and Frances settled into their Bellevue home where they remained until fall of 2012. Alaska continued to figure prominently in his adult life -- his business and many of life-long friends were centered there.

To all who knew him, Sherm was a man of enormous loyalty and integrity whose mentorship set an example for many. Sherm was deeply proud of the four women he left behind -- his wife, Frances, and his daughters Janice (Jon Conrad), Nancy (Geoff Hodge), and Stephanie (Steve Weise). Having had no sons of his own, he was doubly proud to be the grandparent of 5 wonderful grandsons, Andrew and Benjamin (Janice); Ian (Nancy); Peter and Joel (Stephanie), and of his new role as "GGPa" to his great grandchildren, Grady and McKenna (Andrew). In addition, he leaves behind loving nieces and nephews and their families, all located in the Pacific NW, who will miss him.

Sherm's long, productive life can be attributed to his strength of mind and body, to the care and concern of his family, to the discoveries of modern medicine -- and to his good luck. His myelogenous leukemia was kept at the chronic level for many years because of the expertise of his doctors and the wonders of modern drugs. In the hopes that others so afflicted can find treatment and ultimately a cure, his family asks that gifts in his memory be directed to the Seattle Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society -- http://www.lls.org/#/aboutlls/chapters/ or 123 Northwest 36th Street #100, Seattle, WA 98107 (206) 628-0777. Remembrances may be posted at http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/

A memorial service in his memory will be held on Saturday, January 26, at 11:00 a.m. at the Highland Community Center, 14224 Bel Red Road, Bellevue, WA.
Published in The Seattle Times from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2013
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