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Jerry E. Burd

Jerry passed away, Saturday, December 17, 2022 at his home in Otsego, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born July 12, 1937 in Tekonsha, MI, the son of Ernest and Lois (Sanders) Burd. Jerry was an Otsego High School graduate and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. For 30 years he was a machine operator at Rockwell International until his retirement in 1992.

In his free time Jerry enjoyed metal detecting, collecting coins, small engine repair, bowling, golfing, hunting and camping. He loved traveling with his wife and had visited 49 of the 50 states. Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Jerry was a volunteer fireman for the Otsego Fire Department for 8 years. On June 29, 1963 at the First Congregational Church of Otsego he married Cheryl Pion who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Michelle Shearer and Gary Burd; grandchildren, Bethany Shearer, Amanda (Russell) Moran, Daelan Burd and Hailey Burd; 1 great-grandchild due in February; brother, Richard (Jeanne) Burd along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tyler Burd; siblings, Velma Todd, Bill, Melvin and Robert Burd and several extended family members.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

A graveside service will be held in the spring at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego.

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Tracy (Fuss) Ienni

December 18, 2022 at 2:14 pm

My Thoughts & Prayers are with the entire family. I was so sad at hearing news of losing Jerry. He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Love & Hugs to all of you!


Bob Johnson

December 18, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Cheryl: So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I hope he didn’t suffer a long period of illness or pain. He was a great guy and I’m glad the two of you had so many happy years together. Please pass my condolences on to Michelle and Gary and I’ll keep all of the family in my thoughts during this difficult time.


Bonnie Livingston Goodacre

December 18, 2022 at 4:17 pm

So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing . I remember him well from hs he was a bit ahead of us, as in we were freshman he was a sr . Iam relatively sure he and my husband knew each other from Rockwell also, Dan worked there from graduation in 59 to leaving it in the late 80’s. Both my parents worked there also , mom in the office Dad was a tool and die maker, Dan was an industrial engineer. For years that place was a family, but it did change somewhat over the years . Jerry was always a good man, he will be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to family and friends.



December 18, 2022 at 5:29 pm

Dear Gramps, I don’t have the words to describe how amazing you were when I first introduced myself. You were so happy, giggles at the nights of fun card games. Every-time we come visit you would say “hey dude, how are ya” an great goodbyes of: you guys take care. You loved telling funny stories about all good memories. I always enjoyed watching the love/laughter you had with everyone but for most your lovely wife. The both shared the funny side which would make me happy. You will be missed greatly and you’ll be here in spirit snuggled up with your Great- Grandchild rocking in your chair with a smile. You’ve touched so many of us an we love you. Rest in peace now

Tell Tyler, I can’t wait to meet him someday.

Your truly Russell M Fam


Janice flynn

December 18, 2022 at 5:35 pm

Cheryl just read the news about Jerry can’t believe it because we were just going to call to see how he was doing. We are so sad to hear the news and send our sympathy and condolences to you, He was one of Joe’s good friends he played golf with him for over 20 years, May he rest in peace until we meet again. Joe and Janice


Len & Sue Barnes

December 18, 2022 at 6:02 pm

When I think of Uncle Jerry, I think of his smile, and I can still hear his laughter whenever he got together with his siblings. He always seemed happy and ready for mischief. He brought joy to our big Burd family and will be forever missed. My heart breaks for his immediate family and the void he leaves behind. Rest in peace Uncle Jerry. We love you.


Louise Harvey

December 18, 2022 at 6:43 pm

Cheryl, I am so sorry to hear about Jerrys passing.


Barb Weaver

December 18, 2022 at 7:42 pm

It’s always so difficult when a loved one passed away but such a blessing to have wonderful memories to cherish. Prayers to the family.


diane beam

December 18, 2022 at 8:04 pm

Cheryl, so sorry for your loss. my prayers for you and your family.



December 18, 2022 at 10:35 pm

Grandpa, you were literally one of the best people I have ever known. Losing you is difficult, but I know you will always be there to help me when times are tough. I’ll never forget our camping trips, road trips, playing cards, having you help me build a birdhouse, talking coins together and having you teach me survival skills if I ever got stranded in the woods lol I know you will be my daughter’s guardian angel and she is so lucky that you will be watching over her. I love you grandpa and there is not a day that goes by that I won’t miss you.


Ronald Pillars

December 19, 2022 at 8:10 am

Cheryl so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing my thoughts are with you and your family


Lois Zimmerman

December 19, 2022 at 8:18 am

Dear Aunt Cheryl, Michelle, Gary, and family, I am so very sorry for your loss ! Uncle Jerry was so fun to watch while on our Burd family reunion camping / canoeing trips up north. He always brought comedy and humor with you folks and it made those trips wonderful memories for me! I used to love watching him gamble at casino too, because he seemed to so intent on winning. Uncle Jerry you will be truly missed and I hope you have a wonderful reunion up in heaven !!!❤️


Craig& Lorna

December 19, 2022 at 2:19 pm

Cheryl & Family,

We’re so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. When we think of Jerry, we think of his big smile. You two had a remarkable, nearly 60 year run together. We pray comfort for you and God’s peace for his soul.


Bill Standish

December 20, 2022 at 9:28 am

Dear Cheryl and family: So sorry for your loss. Jerry was a great guy and will leave a big footprint in the hearts of everyone who knew him,


Patricia "Leonard" Clingenpeel

December 21, 2022 at 4:03 am

Dear Cheryl, Michelle, Gary & family, I am so saddened to hear of Jerrys passing. Only been a couple of months since we last saw other, but it was a great time. I know Jerry is not in pain anymore, but I plan on us all seeing each other when God takes us home. All of you are in my prayers always. Love you all.


norman cook

December 24, 2022 at 8:43 pm

Cheryl and family

So sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Norm and Sally


Pat Davis (Taylor)

December 25, 2022 at 4:50 am

I don’t even know what to say. God be with you Cheryl and family. Jerry was a Super nice guy. It makes it even harder during the holidays. I lost my daughter Jennifer around this time last year. My prayers are with you.


Sherry Hanson

December 25, 2022 at 2:06 pm

Cheryl, I’m so sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. I always loved running into you both he always had a smile on his face . Reading through the other posts it sounds like you had wonderful memories.

Blessings to you & your family.

Sherry Hanson ( Howrigon)


Frank Pion

April 10, 2023 at 8:52 pm

Sorry for your loss


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