The son of Howard Milton Burdick, Sr. and Etta Mae (Thomason) Burdick, Howard Milton Burdick, Jr. was born on November 11, 1934, in the farmhouse of his grandmother not far from Oologah, Oklahoma. He went away on March 16, 2023, a Thursday.
The Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home will be open for visitation on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, from Noon to 8:00 PM. From 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the family will be there.
Rev. Helmer Johnson will preside over the funeral services at the Cornerstone Church on March 22, 2023, at 10:00 am. At the Wann Cemetery, there will be an afterlife.
He attended Tulsa Central High School after his family relocated there when he was six years old. He enlisted as an airman in the Oklahoma Air National Guard at the age of 19.
He earned the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, and after enrolling in the Academy of Military Science, he was given his captain’s commission in 1973. He received a promotion to Colonel in 1991, and he retired in 1995 as the 138th TAC fighter group’s Deputy Commander, Resources.
He wed Dena Current in 1961. They bought the 80 acres from them, complete with cows because Howard had always loved working on his grandparents’ farm. This became their second job on the evenings and weekends.
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The shared chores of lugging hay, feeding cows in all kinds of weather, gardening, erecting fences, etc., make for many entertaining tales. He was clear about his preferred method of operation and insisted that any assistants follow it.
One of his biggest personal accomplishments was erecting a sizable barn, largely on his own. It has withstood the test of time and even a tornado, which is a credit to his abilities, tenacity, and work ethic.
His five children, Mark Burdick, Brenda Burdick Behnken, Bryan Burdick, Teresa Burdick, and Rachelle Lindsey, all of whom survive him, were born along the route. In addition, there are 10 great-grandchildren and nine grandchildren.
James Burdick, his brother, and his parents predeceased him. It is true that Howard Burdick was a guy of integrity who was honest and hardworking, and it has been remarked that he was truly one of a kind.
Collinsville Dolton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for the services.