Raymond W. Burt, 87, of South Otselic, NY, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his home, while surrounded by his family.
Ray was born in Cincinnatus, NY on April 21, 1925, a son of the late Lewis B. and Sarah Jane Snodgrass Burt. A lifelong resident of this area, he proudly served as a driver/mechanic for the U.S. Army 757 Tank Battalion during WWII. For several years, he and his father operated Burt’s Garage in S. Otselic. He was a 60+ year member of the Perry Cook American Legion Post #973, S. Otselic; a 59-year member of the S. Otselic Fire Department, and a member of Otselic Valley #659 F&AM. In 1959, he was hired by the Otselic Valley Central School as a bus driver and mechanic and retired as the Transportation Supervisor in 1991. He was an avid golfer and a long-time member of the Knickerbocker Country Club.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Irene Moore Burt; and his children, Nancy (Steven) Will of Deansboro, Janice Burt-Ashton of N. Pharsalia, Michael (Kimbel) Burt of New Orleans, LA, and Robert (Bridget) Burt of Whitesboro. He also leaves behind his grandchildren, Kelly, Stephanie, Colin, Matthew, Tori, Michael, and Theo; 6 great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert Burt of Cincinnatus; a brother-in-law, Dick Woodmansee of Ashville, NC; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Lorraine Whitten and Beverly Woodmansee.
A memorial service will be held at the K.L. Sharp Funeral Home, Cincinnatus, NY on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. with Jeanne Angell officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Valley View Cemetery. The family will be present to receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a Masonic Service scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ray may be directed to Hospice of Chenango County, 21 Hayes St., Norwich, NY 13815 or the S. Otselic Fire Department and Emergency Squad, 1577 State Highway 26, S. Otselic, NY 13155.