It is with deep regret and sadness that Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and the Hunterdon County Police Chiefs Association, President Chief Allan Kurylka announce the passing of retired Califon Chief of Police Kenneth R. Burd.
In a joint statement Prosecutor Kearns and Chief Kurylka stated, “On behalf of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hunterdon County Chiefs of Police Association, and the citizens of Hunterdon County, we offer our deepest condolences to Chief Burd’s family and friends. We will be forever grateful for Chief Burd’s service and dedication to the citizens of Califon, High Bridge and Hunterdon County.”
Chief Kenneth R. Burd, 83, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at home in Brooksville, Florida surrounded by his beloved children and grandchildren. He was born in Long Valley, New Jersey, raised in Califon, New Jersey and resided in High Bridge, New Jersey before moving to Brooksville in 2013.
Ken was a combat veteran; he served as an Air Force airman 2nd class during the Korean War and received a New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal for his service; following his honorable discharge from the military, he became a Sergeant with the High Bridge police department in New Jersey, and eventually retired as Chief of Police in Califon, New Jersey; Ken was also a Nashville recording artist with his band, Kenny Burd and the Lawmen during the 1960s through the 1980s.
He enjoyed playing his guitar, spending time with his wife, and the time he spent with his family, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and his great-great granddaughter.
He is survived by his brother Floyd (Snuffy) Frank of Brooksville, Florida; sister Grace Bryant of Daytona Beach, Florida; daughter Deborah and husband Ronald Williams, of Brooksville, Florida; daughter Roseann and husband Tim Pormann of Easton, Pennsylvania; son Kenneth Jr. and wife Michele Burd of Belvidere, New Jersey; daughter Theresa and husband Guy Fowler of Willow Spring, North Carolina; his beloved grandchildren Gregory Brennan, Michelle Keating, Amy Hilton, Stephanie Bendel,
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Jamie Sloboda, Anthony Burd, Justin Fowler, Devin Fowler, Ryan Fowler, ten great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Arrangements and Care are entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, 14360 Springhill Drive, Springhill, Florida 34609. Ken’s family and friends will gather for visitation on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at Turner FH, from 5-7pm. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Turner Funeral Home on Friday, September 1, 2017 at 10am. Immediately following, the Committal Services will be held at Florida Hills Memorial Gardens in Spring Hill.