The Rev. Herbert James “Herb” Burdsall, 95, Hays, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at his home.
He was born Dec. 3, 1920, in Shandon, Ohio, to Aaron Clarence and Blanche Leora (Murphy) Burdsall. He received a master’s in divinity degree from Colgate University in Rochester, N.Y.
He married Jeanne Dutiel on Feb. 12, 1942, in Hamilton County, Ohio. She preceded him in death June 9, 2011. He was a United Methodist minister for many years, serving rural churches in Simms, Sun River, Lincoln, Cascade, Augusta, the Dearborn, Miles City, and Billings, Mont., and churches in Alexandria, Ohio, and North Chili, N.Y. He was the Kansas CROP director for Church World Services in Topeka and assistant director for CROP at the national office in Elkhart, Ind., in which he traveled to Burma, Peru, Chili, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He was the director of fundraising at Greencroft Retirement Community in Goshen, Ind., and the Yellowstone Conference in Montana. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during World War II in the South Pacific and was on landing craft in Tarawa, Tinian, and Saipan.
He enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren, riding motorcycles, traveling and serving the parishioners of his numerous rural churches.
Survivors include a son, Jonathan Burdsall and wife, Helen Peck-Burdsall, Helena, Mont.; a daughter, Hannah Barrett and husband, Jim, Hays; five grandchildren, Aaron Burdsall and wife, Angie, and Matthew Burdsall and wife, Miranda, all of Helena, Tessie Barrett and husband, Paul Talley, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Jordan Barrett and wife, Karen, Virginia Beach, Va., and Samuel Barrett and wife, Kelly, Emporia; 12 great-grandchildren, Jasmyn, Kaelen, Caleb, Talon, Maddon, Marley, Everett, Rylea, Gwyn, Rachel, Cora and Lucy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Sarah Burdsall; a great-grandson, Leo Barrett; and three brothers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Hays, with military honors following church services by Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard and Hays American Legion.
Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until time service Friday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Church World Services in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.