Richmond Times-Dispatch

BURTNER, Edwin Russell,

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92, passed away on November 19, 2020, in Tampa, Florida. He was predecease­d by his wife of 47 years, Nancy Ladd Burtner. He is survived by his son, Ed Jr. and his wife, Hiroko; daughter, Judy Whitson and her husband, Jim Carter; son, Tom and his wife, Julie; and seven grandchild­ren, whom he loved dearly. Additional survivors are his brother,

Roger and his wife, Sylvia; brother- in- law, Culver; sister- inlaw, Sally; and brother-in-law, Vic Jung and his wife,

Dottie. He was also blessed with 14 nieces and nephews and many grandniece­s and great-grandniece­s and nephews. He was predecease­d by his parents, Howard and Louise Burtner; by sister- in- law, Lorene; and brother in-law, Ray Salkeld. Ed was born in Keedysvill­e, Maryland in his family’s beautiful gray stone farmhouse on November 12, 1928 and was raised and worked on the farm where he also enjoyed hunting, horseback riding (a Maryland State Jousting Champion) and fishing. In his youth, he played competitiv­e baseball which founded his lifelong love of the sport. Ed attended Hagerstown High School, where he became the school’s youngest class president, then the University of Maryland where he was a member and served as president of Sigma Chi fraternity and served in the Army ROTC. He interrupte­d his undergradu­ate years at Maryland by serving two years in the Navy as an Electronic­s Technician aboard the USS Rochester, a farm boy sailing the Mediterran­ean. After the Navy, he continued military service as a lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve. He returned to the University of Maryland, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Ed began his profession­al career with AT& T in Manhattan, N. Y. and later with various Bell System entities in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Richmond, Virginia. Early in his career, AT& T put him through the Harvard Executive MBA program. In 1973, Ed and family transferre­d with C&P Telephone to Richmond, commuting to work from his home in Midlothian, Virginia where he and his family lived for 43 years. Throughout his life Ed was actively involved in many community and church organizati­ons. He and his wife, Nancy, were members of Salisbury Presbyteri­an Church, where they served as youth group leaders and taught Sunday school and youth confirmati­on classes. He also served as a Deacon at the church. Ed coached several youth sports teams: baseball, softball and soccer. Ed was a member of the Midlothian Kiwanis Club, Lions Club and finally the Rotary Club for many years, serving in leadership positions in each organizati­on. He was a founding member of the Salisbury CC Senior Men’s Associatio­n, a member of the Salisbury CC Senior Men’s Golf Associatio­n and served on the boards of Salisbury Country Club and Westminste­r Canterbury in Richmond. He moved to Tampa, Florida in 2016, where he lived near his daughter. The family intends to hold a memorial service in Midlothian in the latter part of 2021. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made in his memory to Salisbury Presbyteri­an Church, 13621 Salisbury Rd., Midlothian, Virginia 23113.

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