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Carl Burkhardt, Civil War re-enactor, community volunteer

June 1, 1937 – Dec. 24, 2014

Carl W. “Bud” Burkhardt, a longtime Civil War re-enactor who was active in the Alden community, died Wednesday in his Alden home. He was 77.

Mr. Burkhardt worked for Lancaster Central School as assistant bus garage foreman for 16 years. He was a New York State motor vehicle inspector for 14 years, retiring in 1992. He later worked in the maintenance department at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home for seven years.

He was a member of the National Guard located at the Masten Armory, serving as a supply sergeant.

Mr. Burkhardt was very involved in Civil War re-enactments. He portrayed a first sergeant in the Union Army. He served with the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry Re-enactment Regiment in honor of what was Buffalo’s Irish Regiment. He spent many weekends at various events and living history demonstrations. He traveled to battlefields numerous times and participated in the filming of the movie “Gettysburg.”

He served as president of the Alden Evergreen Cemetery Board and volunteered for the civil defense program in Alden, where he was a captain of the special police. He also provided supervision at Alden Central School functions, community events/picnics and weekend patrolling of the village and parks. The group was instrumental in assistance during the Blizzard of ’77.

During Alden’s centennial celebration in 1973, he was founder and organizer of the Keystone Cops, which traveled to other area parades.

Mr. Burkhardt was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster, where he taught Sunday school with his wife for 12 years and later became Sunday school superintendent. He was instrumental in beginning the tradition of baking and serving fastnachts during the Lenten season. He was a member of the church council for two terms and was a member of the Young Men’s Association.

He served on the Republican committee in Alden and was an avid reader of history and model builder.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the former Amber S. Stephan; three daughters, Kimberly Orban, Karen Burry and Karla Priester; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 55 Pleasant Ave., Lancaster.

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