Gary Don Burd 1944-2004
Photo: courtesy of Uncle Leroy
From Valley Courier dated Sept 2, 2004:
GARY DON BURD, 60 By MONTE VISTA — Gary Don Burd, 60, formerly of Monte Vista, died of a heart attack Aug. 26, 2004, at his home in Nowata, Okla. He was born Jan. 23, 1944, in Monte Vista, to Don and Faye Burd.
Gary worked at Schall Iron Works before serving his country in the Seabees in Vietnam. From the time Gary was in high school, he developed a love for music. After returning from the service, he attended Claremore College where he majored in music. For many years, Gary was the lead singer with the country music band, titled the Back Roads. Throughout the years he played back-up with such country music stars as Hank Thompson, Roy Clark and Freddie Fender.
He was a very skilled mechanist and for the past 20 years, he was instrumental in designing and making components for fighter jets for the U.S. Government.
Survivors include his mother, Faye Burd McBride of Monte Vista; one brother, Charles (Pat) Burd of Monte Vista; one sister, Dixie (Glenn) Noffsinger of Middleburg, Va.; one brother-in-law, Mark McFarland of Farmington, N.M.; three nieces and three nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father, Don, and sister, Opal. A Memorial Services will be held to honor and celebrate his life at 2 p.m. Friday Sept. 3, at the Ed Sharp Memorial Chapel, with inurnment to follow at the Monte Vista Cemetery. Cremation was chosen by the family and arrangements are by Strohmayer’s Funeral Home, Monte Vista.
Photo: courtesy of one of Burdy's classmates, I believe, either Mo McNeil or Glenda Sanner Bedoka
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