Gerald "Jerry" F. Burds

Saturday, June 29th, 1946 - Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
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Gerald F. “Jerry” Burds, 73, of 3032 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dubuque, died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade. following a courageous battle with leukemia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 7, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate. Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia. Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where there will be a parish wake service, time to be announced.

Jerry was born on June 29, 1946, in Cascade, son of Mary (Carroll) Burds and John “Jay” Burds, Sr. He graduated from Aquin High School, Cascade, in 1965.

He married Patricia A. “Pat” McAleer on June 21, 1969, in Monticello. Pat and Jerry enjoyed forty wonderful years of marriage prior to Pat’s death in 2009.

Jerry worked for Northwestern Bell and US West for 31 years, retiring in 1999. During his retirement, he was a courtesy driver for Anderson-Weber Toyota Lincoln.

He was a member at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.

Jerry enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, the Green Bay Packers, and NASCAR. During his retirement, he restored a 1952 John Deere Model A tractor similar to the one used on his childhood farm. He enjoyed driving his tractor each summer in the WMT Tractorcade. He also took annual fishing trips to Canada with friends from the Telephone Company. Jerry loved driving his Mustang to Ankeny to visit his grandchildren for their birthdays and holidays. He and Pat will be remembered for their hospitality and making their home a welcoming place for friends and family to relax and have fun.

Surviving are his two sons, Stephen (Colin) Burds, of Ankeny, and Kevin Burds, of Sandpoint, Idaho; four grandchildren, Annika, Maya, Calleigh, and Nicholas Burds, all of Ankeny; three siblings, Joan (Phil) Weber, Colleen Bertinetti, and Will (Kathy) Burds; and in-laws Janice Curoe, Jan McAleer, Joe (Shelly) McAleer, Steve (Marlene) McAleer, Dan (Sally) McAleer, Mary Jo Roller, and Kathy (Dan) Reyner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; his parents, Jay and Mary Burds; his oldest brother, Jack Burds; a sister-in-law, Joyce Curoe; and brother-in-laws, Bob Curoe, John Curoe, and Tom McAleer.

A Gerald Burds Memorial Fund has been established.
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Pam Van Wyk

Posted at 09:46pm
Stephen and Kevin, please accept my condolences on your father’s death. I was a classmate of Jerry’s and graduated with him in 1965 from Aquin. Want to share a couple of memories of your mom, Pat and your dad. We double dated with them before they were married, we would drive to Cordova, Illinois to watch the car races (the type where you needed a parachute to stop the race car)! Jerry especially loved to watch the fast cars😊. Your mom and dad loved each other very much and I can still remember their beautiful smiles! Blessings to both of you 🙏🏻 Pam Coohey Gehl Van Wyk

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Posted at 10:47am
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Robert Felderman

Posted at 08:03pm
Sending condolences to all Burds family for your loss. Knowing that he is in your thoughts will keep his memory alive. Bob and Nancy Felderman

Cathy Brotzman

Posted at 01:36pm
So sorry for the loss of your father! He was a great guy!
From your friends at Country Heights Supper Club. Mike and Cathy Brotzman, Jim and Rhianna Brotzman.

Your Slalom Friends

Posted at 09:31am
We are so sorry for your loss. We are wishing you peace and comfort in this difficult time. Thinking of you and your family.
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