Burton Jay Walrath Jr. (1923 - 2019)

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Service Information
Knauff Funeral Homes - Chiefland
715 West Park Avenue
Chiefland, FL
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
10:00 AM
Cedar Key United Methodist Church
Cedar, FL
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Funeral service
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
11:00 AM
Cedar Key United Methodist Church
Cedar Key,, FL
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Burton Jay Walrath Jr., 95, of Cedar Key, passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at the E. T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville.
Burton was born to his parents, Burton Jay and Eula Chitty Walrath, Nov.18, 1923 in Bryceville. At the age of 18 months his parents moved to Cedar Key. Burton was a 1941 graduate of Cedar Key High School.
Upon graduation he worked as a welder in the shipyards in Jacksonville. He served in the European Theater during WWII, as 1st Sergeant in the 164th Combat Engineers. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day+3 and served until the war's end. Upon returning home, Burton took over his father's grocery store in Cedar Key, which he and Virginia ran until their retirement in 1983.
Burton was a member of the Cedar Key United Methodist Church for 93 years, where he served as treasurer for over 40 years. He was a member of the Levy County School Board for 16 years. Burton spent most of his retirement with the mowing and upkeep of his daughters' yards and working in his son-in-law's pine tree farm, up until a few months before his death. His family rejoices in knowing that their beloved father is now in the presence of this Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and reunited with his adored wife, Virginia.
Burton was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 68 years, Virginia Delaino Walrath, as well as his siblings, Pearl, Richard, Margaret and Gordon.
He is survived by his three daughters, Doris Virginia (Jolyn) Corbin, Evelyn (Sammy) Yearty and Miriam Walrath Needham; four grandchildren, John (Jami) Corbin, Virginia Lou (Billy) Keith, William Needham Jr., and Tiffany Herold; five great-grandchildren, Jack Burton and Weston Corbin, Emma Grace and William Eugene Keith and Garrett Herold. Burton's grand and great-grandchildren were his pride and joy.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, May 21 at the Cedar Key United Methodist Church in Cedar Key with the Rev. Barry Andrews, the Rev. Sandra Horner and the Rev. James Howse officiating. Burial followed the service at the Cedar Key Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Knauff Funeral Home-Chiefland (352) 493-4777
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to the Cedar Key United Methodist Church, 6050 D. Street, Cedar Key, FL 32625.(352) 543-0011
Published in Chiefland Citizen on May 23, 2019
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