Anthony Burdo


Anthony Burdo

Anthony Burdo of Arlington, WA passed away peacefully on March 7, 2011. Tony was originally from Elmira, MI and moved to Bellevue, WA in 1955.
He began a career with the Boeing Company, where he retired in 1992. He retired in Engineering Management, managing USAF projects and planes. His love of aviation began as a young boy, learning to fly in the Boy Scouts where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow. He also built his own airplane, a Mustang II, N45AB, and was a member of the EAA Chapter 26. His first flight award from the EAA was May, 1979 for a plane that took some six years to complete in his garage.
Tony attended Clare High School in Clare, MI, was an athlete and member of the National Honor Society. He also was cast as "Prince Charming" in the play "Snow White," a role that described his very nature. After his service in the US Army Air Corp, he graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Engineering and a member of the Alpha Pi Omega Engineering Fraternity.
He is survived by Carole Lee Burdo (Graham), formerly of Clare, MI, whom he married in 1955.
Tony will be remembered as a good father to his children, Michael Burdo and his wife, Melinda (Dickinson), of Kirkland, WA; son, Bryan Burdo, of Seattle, WA; daughter, Christina Burdo, of Seattle and Carla Burdo-Halsne, of Mill Creek, WA. He also had grandchildren whom he doted on, Ryan Burdo and Crystal (Watts), of Richland, WA, Erin Halsne and Eva Halsne, of Mill Creek. He was a great-grandfather to Riley Burdo and Cooper Burdo, of Richland.
Tony always practiced the tenet "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" from the Lord's Prayer. An avid golfer and woodworker, Tony built a vacation home for his family at Lost River Airport in Mazama in the Methow Valley, his favorite place. A private memorial service will be held there, Memorial Day weekend where family and friends will gather to celebrate his life.




Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2011