Thurl C. Burr, Jr., M.D., 87, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, with family gathered, at Mt. View Care Center.
Thurl is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris "Dedy" Koskinen Burr; two sons, George (Sally) Burr, Ephraim, and Donald (Laure) Burr, Minneapolis, MN; and one daughter, Anne Saliers, Grand Haven, MI; and preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Burr. He is also survived by four grandsons, James Saliers, Robert Saliers, Kyle Burr and Ryan Burr; brother, Charles Burr, Aurora, CO; brother-in-law, Donald Koskinen, Menasha; son-in-law, Richard Saliers, Big Rapids, MI; four nephews and a niece.
Thurl was born March 16, 1922, in Marion, Indiana, to Thurl and Vera Belle (Painter) Burr. An Eagle Scout with three palms, he graduated from Marion High School in 1940 and Indiana University, Bloomingtom, in 1943, where he met Dedy. He served honorably in the U.S. Army as a medical technician during the second World War.
On August 30, 1947, he married Dedy at the First United Methodist Church, Wausau.
Dr. Burr graduated from Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis, in 1950, followed by an internship and residency. He began practice in 1952 as a general and family physician in Wausau. He was one of the founders of the original Wausau Clinic in 1962, now the Marshfield Clinic Wausau Center, where he practiced until retiring in 1985.
A devoted husband and father, Thurl raised and supported his four children through postgraduate degrees. He loved time with family, camping, canoe trips in the Quetico, scouting, playing his oboe with the Wausau Civic Orchestra and craftsmanship in all forms. His greatest avocation was building and flying radio control model airplanes. He was a lifetime member and past president of the Wausau Radio Control Sportsman AMA Club where he cherished the camaraderie and friendships of club members.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at Brainard Funeral Home in Wausau. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the First United Methodist Church in Wausau. Pastor Jerry Morris and Rev. Robert Firary will officiate.
Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America or First United Methodist Church Youth Program.
On-line condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com