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Dec. 12, 1922 - Sept. 22, 2012
Peter Burn, a World War II veteran and chemical engineer whose career spanned nearly 30 years at the West Valley Nuclear Services facility, died Saturday in his Springville home after a short illness. He was 89.
Born in Lynbrook, Mr. Burn was a chemical engineering graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy after serving as a U.S. Army sergeant in Germany during World War II. He was a Purple Heart recipient.
Mr. Burn was a licensed professional engineer and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He worked during the 1950s and early '60s at the Idaho National Laboratory in Idaho Falls before he moved his family in 1964 to Springville to begin what would be a 28-year career at the West Valley facility, where he worked in several capacities and oversaw many changes as the plant dealt with nuclear reactors and radioactive waste.
He was the manager of nuclear services toward the end of his career.
In 1992, Mr. Burn retired but worked as a consultant with the plant for a few years afterward.
He was active in community life, including with the Boy Scouts and St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Springville. He also volunteered at the church's bingo games and helped deliver Meals on Wheels.
When he retired, he enjoyed skiing, woodworking, traveling, being active in a senior citizens club and spending time with his 10 grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Rita Schutte; six sons, Stephen, Thomas, James, Phillip, John and Paul; and two daughters, Jean and Patricia.
His body was donated to the University at Buffalo Medical School.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church, 190 Franklin St., Springville.