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March 19, 2014

Clair E. Burchard

GUYS MILLS — Clair E. Burchard, 83, of Guys Mills, passed away Monday, March 17, 2014, at Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community.

He was born March 24, 1930, in Guys Mills, a son of Harry and Eleanor Rough Burchard. He married Marjorie Byham on Sept. 30, 1950, and she survives.

Clair was a 1948 graduate of Randolph East Mead High School. He worked as a career carpenter and was well known for his quality craftsmanship.

He was a former member of Randolph Township Volunteer Fire Department and former board member and past president of Union Cemetery Association. Clair enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, Maplewood basketball and woodworking. He crafted many of the furniture items in his house as well as in the homes of his children. His family was his priority and he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Clair was a member of United Evangelical Free Church of Guys Mills.

Survivors, in addition to his loving wife, Marjorie, of 63 years, include five daughters, Linda Hanson and her husband, Robert, of Edinboro, Barbara Hill of Franklin, Mona Buschak and her husband, James, of Edinboro, Laura Conaway of Guys Mills, and Patricia Oakes and her husband, Todd, of Guys Mills; 12 grandchildren, Robert Hanson III and his wife, Roxanne, Sarah Hanson Smith and her husband, Adam, Timothy Hanson, Brett Hill and his wife, Amanda, Andrew Buschak, Ashley Paszko and her husband, Kyle, Abby Buschak, Rachael Pavlik and her husband, Lucas, Stephanie Conaway, Kyle Conaway, Kenneth Oakes and Ruthanne Oakes; eight great-grandchildren, Grace and Claire Smith, Savannah and Robby Hanson, Anden Hill, Hayleigh and Shelby Paszko, and Ethan Pavlik; two brothers, Merle Burchard and his wife, Carol, of Greenville, and Bruce Burchard and his wife, Nancy, of Guys Mills; a sister, Wanda Richael of Stoneboro; a sister-in-law, Martha Burchard of Meadville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Brandon Hill; a son-in-law, James Conaway; three sisters, Jennie Burchard, Harriet Porter and Wilmina McGinnis; and a brother, Harry Burchard.

Calling hours will be Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.

The funeral and committal service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Cliff Forbes and the Rev. Temple Jarrell, pastors of New Beginnings Church of God, and the Rev. David Coddington, pastor of United Evangelical Free Church of Guys Mills, officiating.

Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Regional Cancer Center, 2500 W. 12th St., Erie, Pa. 16505.

Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net.

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