Gerald L. Burr

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Gerald L. Burr, 82, of Saginaw, Mich., a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away Friday, June 22, at home, surrounded by his family.

The son of Alonzo and Anita (Haupt) Burr, Gerald was born on July 8, 1935, in Chicago, Ill. He grew up in Prairie du Chien. Jerry graduated from Prairie High School in 1953. He joined the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. After the service, he attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison and graduated with a B.S. in business administration.

He married Carol Ann Strauman on Sept. 15, 1956, at St. John Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. They moved to Saginaw, Mich., where Jerry was employed as a supervisor for General Motors at Grey Iron Foundry for 35 years until his retirement.

Jerry was a member of St. John Paul II Parish, where he often volunteered. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4232. He especially loved attending his grandchildren’s activities. Jerry was a great outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling. The great Mississippi River in Prairie always held a special place in Jerry’s heart and his tales of fishing the river were always entertaining.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol. Also surviving are two daughters and one son, Katrina Hart, Kathleen (David) Abbs, and Michael (Mary) Burr, all of Saginaw; seven grandchildren, Nicholas, Jonathon and Stephen Hart, Cullen Abbs, Jacob, Jenna and Breanne Burr; two sisters and one brother, Julie Knueppel, of Onalaska, Connie Burr, of Sun Prairie, and Michael Burr, of Farmersburg, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Rosemary Kavon, of Mt. Horeb, and many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mary Lynn (Tony) Berns, and two brothers, Robert Burr and Lawrence “Butch” Burr.

Many cherished family members and friends paid their respects and celebrated Jerry’s life at Snow Funeral Home in Saginaw, Mich., with a funeral liturgy held on June 27, at St. John Paul II Parish. Jerry was laid to rest at St. Andrew Cemetery in Saginaw.

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