Friday, January 2, 2004

Melvin Burbrink, 79, was city police officer

He received many commendations

By Karen Andrew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

DENT - Retired Cincinnati police officer and World War II veteran Melvin "Bud" Burbrink died Tuesdayat his home in Dent. He was 79.

Born in Cheviot in 1924 to Urban and Loretta Burbrink, he attended local schools but did not graduate from high school. Instead, he enlisted in the Marines at age 17.

In 2002, he joined other World War II veterans to receive their high school diplomas.

He served with the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific Theater and fought at Guadalcanal, where his division was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation. He was discharged in 1946.

That same year, he married Rosemary J. Guenther.

Mr. Burbrink joined the Cincinnati Police Department in 1948.

"Patrolling the streets of District 5, Officer Burbrink exemplified dependability, responsibility and bravery while receiving numerous commendations during his career," said a grandson, Andy Marx of Western Hills.

In 1966, Mr. Burbrink was promoted to detective and, in 1977, he retired from the police force.

He then accepted a position as head of corporate office security at Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati.He retired in 1987.

"He was a beloved and respected employee in his 10 years at Federated," said Marx. "He received commendations from the Secret Service and from President George Bush." Memberships included the Fraternal Order of Police and St. Bernard Church of Taylors Creek and he served as president of his homeowners' association.

"Amidst the accolades during his professional career, he will be most remembered, not only as a brave soldier or dedicated police officer, but as the kind, gentle, humble, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend," said Marx.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years; two sisters, Eileen Burbrink of Western Hills and Laverne Kinney of Madisonville; two sons, Jerry of Anderson Township and David of Dent; a daughter, Pam Farrell of Madeira; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren.A funeral service will be 11 a.m. today at St. Bernard Church, 7130 Harrison Ave., Taylors Creek. He will be buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Montgomery.


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