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Ernest E. "Gene" Burdick, age 76, of Joplin, Mo., passed away on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at National Health Care following an illness.
Gene was born on September 27, 1941, in Winfield, Kan., the son of Ralph and Wanda (Brown) Burdick. He proudly served his country as part of the U.S. Army.
Gene has been a longtime area resident. He worked as a machinist for the Atlas Powder Co. for many years. He enjoyed attending car shows and showing his cars. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, of Diamond.
Gene married Roberta Denny on May 31, 1961. She survives.
Additional survivors include one son, Chris Burdick and wife, Carol, of Diamond, Mo.; one daughter, Alicia Wheelan and husband, Scott, of Joplin; two grandchildren, Hannah Burdick and Jacob Burdick; one brother, Fred Burdick and wife, Kae, Carthage, Mo.; four sisters, Barbara Crawford and husband, Jim, Wichita, Kan., Janice Adams and husband, Dave, Wichita, Carolyn Carlon and husband, Preston, Mulvane, Kan., and Rosemary Cowger and husband, R.D., Medford, Okla.; an aunt, Nadine Walker, Arkansas City, Kan.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by his parents.
Services have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, October 27, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Burial will follow at Diamond Cemetery. The family will receive friends during a time of visitation at the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday evening.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Diamond Building Fund, in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on October 26, 2017
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