Retired Lt. Col. Edward K. Burdeau: Feb. 25
Retired Lt. Col. Edward K. Burdeau, 80, Lancaster, peacefully passed away on Feb. 25, 2011, at Hospice of Lancaster County surrounded by his family. Ed was born in Elgin, Ill., and raised in Somerset. He is the son of the late Espy and Hazel Burdeau and was also predeceased by his brother Robert. He is a retired lieutenant colonel from the United States Army. He attended Franklin and Marshall College, in Lancaster. Following his freshman year, Ed was appointed to West Point where he graduated with the Class of 1953 and served his country until 1975. The day of his graduation was also the day he married his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Eicher, Somerset. They were married 57 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children: Cathy Upton and her husband Phil, Glen Burnie, Md.; Nancy Burdeau, Easton, Md.; Steven Burdeau and wife Liz, Andover, Mass.; and special daughter Amy Burdeau, Millersville. Ed is also survived by eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They were stationed in Alaska prior to its statehood, Germany, Hawaii, Georgia, Kentucky, Washington, Indiana, Texas, Maryland, and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. During his military career, he traveled to Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Okinawa, Japan, Greece, and Turkey and also served in Vietnam. Lt. Col. Burdeau was awarded numerous medals for his dedicated service, including the Air Medal. After his retirement, he and Barbara purchased and operated the Riverview Motel in the lakes region of New Hampshire. Ed loved West Point sports and was an avid Steelers fan. He loved the ocean, snowmobiling, and dedicated many hours as a volunteer and served many years as a board member for agencies serving the developmentally disabled in New Hampshire, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Ed and Barbara returned to their home state, Pennsylvania in 1998 settling in the Lancaster area. He was an honorable man who loved his family and had strong feelings for his country and the military. He served with pride. A memorial service will be held at a later date, in the Lancaster area. Interment will be in his home town of Somerset in conjunction with his high school reunion so that his friends who will be attending the reunion can be there. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to: Friendship Community, 1149 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.