Fred W. Burdett

  • Born: May 18, 1921
  • Died: November 19, 2016
  • Location: Appleton, Wisconsin

Wichmann Funeral Home

537 North Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Tel. (920) 739-1231

Tribute & Message From The Family

Fred W. Burdett, age 95, passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at ThedaCare Medical Center-Neenah. He was born on May 18, 1921 to the late Robert and Marion (Stark) Burdett in Cleveland, Ohio. He grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and graduated from high school in 1939. After high school he served a four year apprenticeship at Lucas Machine Tool Co. He entered into military service in 1943 and completed his service as a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Ordinance Department in 1946. After military service, he entered Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Indiana and graduated in November of 1949 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering. After college, he went to work as a sales engineer at Milwaukee Boiler Mfg. Co. in Milwaukee. In 1955, he changed jobs and went to work as a sales engineer at Giddings and Lewis Machine Tool Co. in Fond du Lac, WI. After several different assignments in sales, he was transferred to the Bickford division in Kaukauna, WI. He retired from Giddings and Lewis in 1985 as Vice President of Manufacturing. He married Elinore M. Westphal in Cleveland, Ohio in 1942. She preceded him in death on July 14, 1994. In 1995, he remarried to Carol Meyer and they shared many happy years together. Carol preceded him in death on February 11, 2009. He belonged to Memorial Presbyterian Church and was active in various committees over the years. Fred belonged to the Golden K. Kiwanis Club of Appleton and served as president from 1993-1994. He was also active in their various volunteer programs. Fred and Carol belonged to the Town Club dance club and served as president for two years. Fred will be dearly missed by his four children: Susan Burdett, Milwaukee, James (Judy) Burdett, Waukesha, Dr. Kenneth (Arla) Burdett, Midland, and Christine (Russ) Burdett-Fega, Altadena; his grandchildren: Katie Plitt (Todd), New York City, John Burdett (Tracy), Oshkosh, Alki Burdett (Dr. Paul Jaklitsch), Grand Rapids, Dean (Jessica) Burdett, Escanaba, and Grant and Hudson Fega of Altadena, CA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; and two brothers: Richard Burdett and Malcolm Burdett. A memorial service will be held in the spring/summer of 2017 in memory of Fred.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I had the pleasure of being Fred's guardian on his Honor Flight in 2010. He was a very humble man and so very kind. I enjoyed a tour of the lake and a cookout at the cabin one summer. He was so proud of that place. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. My sympathy to the family.

Posted by Sandy Barrette    June 30, 2017

Marty Ward and family extend their sympathy and prayers to Fred's family as you prepare for his service. His service for MPC was appreciated. My late husband, Dr. Richard Ward enjoyed knowing Fred through Trout Unlimited, also. I remember him sharing fish tales at TU meetings and banquets.

Posted by Martha Z. Ward    May 22, 2017

Shirley and I had the pleasure of knowing Fred and Elinore as friends and bridge players for quite a few years. They made us welcome upon our return to the Fox cities in 1977. We also had the opportunity to meet and spend some brief visits with their children. They enlarged our life, and are missed.

Posted by Henry and Shirley Griesbach    December 07, 2016

I worked with Fred from 1977 to 1985 when he retired. He was a great guy and taught me much about the business. Very helpful person. God bless him. My sympathies to his family.

Posted by Ron Braun    December 05, 2016