Randy Allen Burdick was freed of pain with his passing to an eternal life on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City. Randy was born October 22, 1951 in Ely, Nevada. He was the youngest son of Walter A. and Neva E. Lani Burdick, having two older brothers, W.A. “Tooter” and Kenny at home. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ely and was Godfather to his great nephew, Wade Burdick and cousin, Chris Baldwin.
His early years were spent in Ely and then at Schellborne Maintenance Station in North Steptoe Valley, when his father worked for the State Highway Department. The rural area brought him and his brothers in contact with a country living which they all enjoyed. They later moved to East Ely where he attended Sacred Heart School and White Pine High School, graduating in 1969. He served several years in the Nevada National Guard; worked in construction, was pit boss at Hotel Nevada and Bank Club for 10 years and was a restaurant cook. At a young age he was struck with debilitating auto-immune diseases which progressively took toll on his body.
He was a very gifted artist, working in various media forms and enjoyed helping others dabbling in art. He was free with self-taught knowledge and helped whenever he could. His Native American art work was beautiful with feeling displayed in every detail. His pen and ink drawings of people, wildlife and the old steam engines in Ely were often sought after. His wildlife pictures depicted real-life scenes found where he lived. He sold much of his artwork and donated several to local fund raising projects. Not one to give in easily, he worked until his physical condition prohibited it. He was an inspiration to all for his stalwart determination against the daily struggles he faced.
Randy never married; he took his brothers’ children and grandchildren under his wing and cared for them as his own. Being very involved in their lives; he considered their needs and wishes before his own; always there to give what he had as they grew to adults. The task that was at hand didn’t have a bearing; he was there for them. He enjoyed watching their sporting events and encouraged them in their endeavors.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Hebert & Mary Burdick; Albert & Lida Lani; his father, Walter A. Burdick and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his mother, Neva Burdick, Ely, brothers; W. A. Tooter (Patti) Burdick, of New Harmony, Utah; Kenny Burdick of McGill, Niece: Brandi (Wes) Johnson, Reno, Nevada, Nephews: Shawn (Stephanie) Burdick, Martin Burdick, Brady (Tina) Burdick all of Ely. Great nieces: Shawna Burdick, New Harmony, Utah; Mya, Isabelle and Laeni Burdick, Ely and Erica Johnson, Reno. Great nephews: Nicholas, Wade, Cole and Stephen Burdick all of Ely; Kort and Weston Johnson, Reno. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
At his request, there will be no services. His cremains will be interred in the Ely Cemetery.