Gerald F. “Jerry” Burds, 73, of 3032 Pennsylvania Avenue, Dubuque, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 at Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade, following a courageous battle with leukemia.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Fr. Steven Rosonke will officiate.

Burial will be in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Centralia. Friends could call from 3 — 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 John F. Kennedy Road, where was a parish wake service at 6:30 p.m.

Jerry was born June 29, 1946, in Cascade, son of Mary (Carroll) Burds and John “Jay” Burds, Sr. He graduated from Aquin High School in 1965.

He married Patricia A. “Pat” McAleer June 21, 1969, in Monticello. Pat and Jerry enjoyed forty wonderful years of marriage prior to Pat’s death in 2009.

Surviving are his two sons, Stephen (Colin) Burds, of Ankeny, and Kevin Burds, of Sandpoint, Idaho; four grandchildren, Annika, Maya, Calleigh, and Nicholas Burds, all of Ankeny; three siblings, Joan (Phil) Weber, Colleen Bertinetti, and Will (Kathy) Burds; and in-laws Janice Curoe, Jan McAleer, Joe (Shelly) McAleer, Steve (Marlene) McAleer, Dan (Sally) McAleer, Mary Jo Roller, and Kathy (Dan) Reyner.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; his parents, Jay and Mary Burds; his oldest brother, Jack Burds; a sister-in-law, Joyce Curoe; and brothers-in-law, Bob Curoe, John Curoe, and Tom McAleer.

A Gerald Burds Memorial Fund has been established.

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