George E. Burkland Jr., 87, of Fredonia, N.Y., died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk.
George was born Sept. 17, 1925, in Busti, N.Y., to the late George E. Burkland and Ruth Holmquist Burkland.
He was a graduate of Jamestown High School. In 1943, George enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served on LST's and carriers during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944. He was injured during the invasion and honorably discharged in April 1946.
Returning to Western New York in 1954, George worked for Empire State Mutual in the legal department. He then joined The Travelers Insurance Co. and worked there until purchasing the Record Agency in 1961, in Forestville, N.Y. He later purchased other agencies in Silver Creek and Dunkirk.
George is survived by his wife, Doris M. (Day) Burkland; his daughter, Nancy Wurst (Fred) of Atlanta, Ga.; his son, Michael Burkland of Fredonia; and two grandchildren: Ashley Wurst and Zachary Burkland.
Besides his parents, George is predeceased by a son, Stephen Burkland; and his sisters: Geneva, Irene, Janice, Carol and Garnet.
Friends may call Thursday 7-9 p.m. at the Larson- Timko Funeral Home, 20 Central Ave., Fredonia, N.Y., where a funeral service will be held Friday at a time to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to DAV, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301; or dav.org. Online tributes may be made at larsontimko funeralhome.com.