Meadville Tribune

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February 23, 2013

George Rodger Burkley

CAMBRIDGE TOWNSHIP — George Rodger Burkley, 86, resident of 25297 State Highway 6 & 19, Cambridge Township, died at his home on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, from natural causes.

Born in LeBoeuf Township, Erie County, on April 12, 1926, George was a son of the late Ivan Edward Burkley and Elizabeth Marie Takacs Burkley. On Dec. 31, 1930, he married the former Margaret Pruett and she preceded him in death on Sept. 22, 2003.

Following graduation from Cambridge Springs High School, George entered the U.S. Army Air Force, serving his country during the Second World War and being discharged in 1946. In 1949, he became employed by Moody Engineering Corporation and traveled to various parts of the country as an inspector in quality control. From 1960 to 1970, George continued to work for Moody in Japan. Returning to Cambridge Springs, George remained with Moody for several years and was sent to other nations for short periods of time. Retiring from the company in 1977, George became employed by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and was a heavy equipment operator until his final retirement in 1991.

Surviving George is a son, Rodger Burkley and his wife, Bonnie, of Stow, Mass., and a daughter, Kimberly Kopystecki of North East; three grandchildren, Gregory Sadler, Ryan Edward Burkley and Lauren Burkley; and a sister, Emma Cox of Goodlettsville, Tenn.

Friends may call on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Van Matre Family Funeral Home in Cambridge Springs. Funeral services will be held there at 8 p.m.

Interment will be in Cambridge Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be given to Cambridge Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 302 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs, Pa. 16403; or Cambridge Area Volunteer Ambulance Service, 202 Venango Ave., Cambridge Springs, Pa. 16403.

To send condolences, please visit vanmatrefunerlhome.com.

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