Charles Richard Burdge


Charles Richard Burdge died at Eisenhower Hospital in Palm Desert on May 27. He was 84.

Burdge was born Dec. 3, 1923 in Los Angeles. He grew up in Westwood and attended University High. Burdge joined the ROTC upon entering USC. After his freshman year, World War II escalated and he was called to duty. Burdge joined the Navy as a junior officer on the minesweeper 359. There, his ship fronted the Pacific Fleet, keeping the oceans clear of mines and alerting the fleet to air attacks. As the war ended, Burdge was charged with turning over his ship to the Soviet Navy. He was discharged from the Navy as a Lt. J.G. on June 27, 1946.

Burdge graduated from USC with a degree in business administration in 1950. While at USC, he met Marilyn Blurock, and they wed in 1951. Burdge took over Burdge Inc., a printing/engraving business in downtown Los Angeles that his father had started in 1923. Burdge was active in the industry, including serving as president of the Engraved Stationary Manufacturers Association and as an officer of the Printing Industry Association.

Burdge was an avid golfer and boater and was a member of the Los Angeles Country Club and longtime member of the California Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Jonathan Club and served on their Board of Directors in the 1970s.

Burdge’s wife of 32 years, Marilyn Blurock Burdge, died in 1983. He remarried in 1985 to Marilyn Pierose Burdge, by whom he is survived. He is also survived by sons Donald, Douglas, and David Burdge; grandsons William Burdge, Reed Burdge and Hayden Burdge and step-grandchildren, Nickolas, Dean, Dalton, Greer, Emily, Julie, Paul, James, Molly, Carl, Perry and Lauren.

A memorial service will take place at the Calvary Church in Pacific Palisades on June 17 at 11:30 am. The church is located at 701 Palisades Drive.