Paul Aloysius Burrier, 86, died peacefully in his sleep after a short illness on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at the VA Hospital in Long Beach, California. |
Paul was born in Waymart, Pennsylvania on Sept. 26, 1927.
He lived in Waymart with his grandparents, Frances and Mary Burrier, on their farm until he graduated from Waymart High School and joined the United States Navy in 1945.
He served in the Navy from February 1945 to October 1947.
He enlisted in the Reserves in May 1949 and was ordered to active duty in September 1950.
He was awarded the Silver Star in 1952 for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a medical corpsman attached to a Marine Infantry Company in action in Korea during the company's assault against a strongly-defended hill position on June 16, 1951.
He also served in Vietnam. He retired from the Navy after 20 years.
After he retired he lived in California and the state of Washington. He lived in Seal Beach, CA for the last 14 years.
Paul loved history, gardening, baseball and the Burrier Farm. He was a great storyteller and a proud veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Burrier and four children, daughters, Jeanne Price (Joseph), Deborah Casey (Thomas) and Paula Lund (David) and his son, Mike, stepdaughters, Robin Thorne and Donna Hawkins (Jim).
He has five grandchildren, Nathan Casey, Megan Price Vance (Andrew), Joseph Price III, Elizabeth Casey and Michael Casey and six step grandchildren, Maggie Hawkins, James Hawkins, Karyn Dardis, Sandra Higbee, Burt Abourezk and Peter Flynn, also four step great -grandchildren.
He is also survived by his sister, Dolly Hoffman. Paul was preceded in death by his first wife Catherine Williams Burrier and his mother, Madeline Bartos.
Honoring his wishes there will be no services.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Published in Wayne Independent on Dec. 31, 2013