He was born Jan. 4, 1927, in Norwalk, to Frank and Dorothy (Burgess) Burdue.
Donald graduated from Norwalk High School in 1945. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II in the Philippines. He retired from General Motors in 1978 after 30 years of service. Donald was a member of the VFW in Florida. In his spare time, he enjoyed being a member of the Bells & Bows Square Dancing Club, and biking, swimming, fishing and watching baseball, especially the Cleveland Indians.
He is survived by his children, Larry (Cathy) Burdue of Norwalk, Patty (Roger) Morrow of Fitchville, Debbie (Howard) Holliday of Sandusky and Charles Bolyard of Henderson, Nev.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; brothers, Bob Burdue of Kentucky and Wayne Burdue of Iowa; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to his parents, Donald is preceded in death by his wife, Johanna Margaret (Hill) Burdue in 2017; sons, Donald Gene and Norman Robert Bolyard; grandson, Russell Clayton Farrar Jr; daughter-in-law, Charlene Bolyard; sister, Harriet Siss; and brother, Bill Burdue.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, until funeral services at noon, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky. Pastor Bobby Langdon will officiate. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Sandusky.
Those wishing to contribute to Donald's memory may do so to Stein Hospice Services, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be shared at grofffuneralhomes.com.