Frank Burdick
1926 - 2020
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Frank Burdick

Born: August 1, 1926; in DeKalb, IL

Died: June 25, 2020; in DeKalb, IL

Frank "Pike" Burdick, 93, of DeKalb, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born August 1, 1926 in DeKalb, IL, the son of Frank and Mabel (Hetchler) Burdick. He grew up and attended DeKalb schools.

Pike had a strong desire to enter the service. He entered the Army and served in Germany. Later, he joined the Army National Guard.

While serving, he began boxing which he continued after his honorable discharge. He went to the golden gloves competition in Chicago, where he won his weight division. After deciding to end his competitive boxing, he went onto train several area boxers.

Pike met and married Shirley Wisted on December 8, 1951. They were married for 55 years before Shirley's passing in 2007. They raised four children together.

Early in Pike's career, he had many jobs in the construction industry. Some of these included, working on the building of the towers at NIU, many road construction projects, working for Nehring Electric and Walker Construction.

Pike was more known in the community for working in the bowling centers. He took great pride in helping teach anyone who wanted to learn or improve their game. For all his contributions to the bowling community, he was inducted into the DeKalb Bowling Area Hall of Fame.

During retirement, Pike enjoyed wintering in Florida and entertaining friends and family at the lake house in the summers. He particularly enjoyed pulling his kids and grandkids water skiing and tubing!

He is survived by four children, Roger (Nikki) Burdick of Sycamore, IL, Sandy (Russ) Berringer of Maple Park, IL, Gary (Kim) Burdick of Bozeman, MT, and Donnie (Susie) Burdick of DeKalb; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley; four brothers and three sisters.

Due to Covid-19, a private family service will be held at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. He will be buried at Fairview Cemetery in DeKalb, with full military honors by DeKalb American Legion Post 66 following the service.

The family would like to thank Dr. Thakkar for his care over the years. They would also like to thank Unity Hospice of Rochelle for their care and compassion for their loved one and family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Frank L. "Pike" Burdick Memorial Fund, addressed to the Burdick Family in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115. For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.


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Published in The MidWeek News on Jun. 30, 2020.
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16 entries
July 3, 2020
Sending our deepest sympathies to your family.
Don & Mary Renner
July 3, 2020
Wishing you my most sincere condolences Roger and the entire Burdick family. I'm sorry for the loss of your dear father. God bless each of you.
Alan Bauer
Friend
July 2, 2020
Many thanks to all for the kind words. We do appreciate it. Dad will be missed!
Gary Burdick
Son
July 1, 2020
We just want to extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Burdick family. We always enjoyed visiting with Pike. He was such fun to be around. We know he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers to you all.
Roger and Ellen Olsen
Friend
July 1, 2020
To the Burdick family my family wish to send our condolences on your loss. We who knew Pike will miss him as well. He will remembered for his kindness, helpfulness, willing to listen, and his sense of humor. I know, like many others, are better for knowing him. RIP Pike.
Dan Piazza
Friend
June 30, 2020
I was 13 the first time I met Pike at the bowling alley he was one of the nicest guys and all the high school kids had such respect for Pike. He always took time to talk to us at the counter even if we were not bowling, he was such a nice man! Over 50 years and I never forgot him.
Mary Murphy
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
Pike, Armond Ocker, and Butch Burright were the three musketeers who introduced me to many characters in their neighborhood after Veralee and I got married. Pike was always ready to help on a project or getting ready for an outing. He was a great man and I am glad I knew him. God bless your family during this difficult time Alan Berg
Alan Berg
Friend
June 30, 2020
to ROGER, SANDY, GARY AND DONNIE SORRY FOR THE LOSS YOU DAD WAS A GREAT FREIND COWORKER AND BOWLING MENTOR HE WILL BE MISSED
BRIAN PRENTICE
Friend
June 30, 2020
I am so sorry for the burdick family loss. Pike was an awesome guy. I enjoyed talking to him at DeKalb Recreation Center.
Robert Paulson
Friend
June 29, 2020
What a great guy, that is all that needs to said.
Tom Pesut
Acquaintance
June 29, 2020
I always looked forward to bowling on Tues. night. It was a great pleasure to know Pike. He was a very enjoyable person.
My thoughts and prayers to your family.
Bonnie Smith
Friend
June 29, 2020
I am sorry for the loss of your father. He was a great man and an influence on my life. I remember so many happy days spent at your house.
Richard Elliott
Friend
June 28, 2020
So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. My thoughts are with you.
Linda Elliott Goold
Friend
June 28, 2020
Sorry to lose such a great person. So many countless memories as a friend and at the bowling alley. Our deepest condolences to the entire family.
Brad & Barb Dew
Friend
June 28, 2020
Roger/Nikki, Sandy/Russ, Gary/Kim and Donnie/Susie, my heart goes out to you with Pike's passing.
Susan Willey
Friend
June 28, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and your family
Sandra Sieroslawski
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