Earl Franklin Oliver Burkdorf 1924 - 2016 LITTLE FALLS - Earl Franklin Oliver Burkdorf, of State Route 167, Little Falls, NY, entered into eternal rest peacefully on December 13, 2016, at the Alpine Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Little Falls, NY. He was born on June 25, 1924, in St. Johnsville, NY, son of John Oliver Burkdorf and Lillian Ricer Burkdorf. On November 24, 1960, he was joined in marriage with Florene Ida Burkdorf at the Hillcrest Methodist Church in Hillcrest, N.Y. Earl grew up in the St. Johnsville area with his two older brothers, Harold and Ralph. He was educated in the St. Johnsville schools. After high school, Earl worked with his father on a dairy farm. He later purchased the Pleasant View farm on Route 5S in Fort Plain in 1953 and continued a career in farming. In 1965, he moved to Snells Bush Road in Little Falls to run the Cliftaire farm. As a dairy farmer, his passion was to raise quality dairy cows, continuing on the tradition that he learned from his father. He retired from dairy farming in 1981 and worked for the Herkimer Home Historic site for twenty years as maintenance and security. Earl enjoyed working on his computers writing his life stories. He worked for many years researching family genealogy for his relatives and family genealogy research for many of his friends. Earl was a member of the St. Johnsville and Dolgeville Methodist Churches. Earl is survived by his children: a daughter, Carol Wieczenski and her husband, Walter; a son, Gary Burkdorf; a daughter, Sarah Burkdorf; a son, Peter Burkdorf and his wife, Erica; a niece; a nephew; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Earl was predeceased by his wife, Florene Gogolin Burkdorf; daughter, Sharon Vosburgh; son, Roger Burkdorf; first wife, Anne Youker Burkdorf; and brothers, Harold and Ralph Burkdorf. A celebration of life service for Earl is planned for family and friends at the Dolgeville United Methodist Church on Sunday, January 22nd, at 2:00 p.m.
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