Burwell, Blair (May 7, 1955 - April 3, 1980)

Services held Monday for two

accident victims

Douglas Budget - April 10, 1980

Funeral services were held on Monday for two Douglas men killed in a head on collision last Thursday.

The two men, James Donald Wood and Blair Burwell, died when their vehicle collided with a school bus on the Ross Road northwest of Douglas.

Services for James Donald Wood, 28, were held at the First Southern Baptist Church with Rev. Kent Jerome officiating. Interment was at the Oakwood Cemetery in Stratford, Iowa.

Wood was born June 25, 1951 at Millbank, South Dakota, the son of Donald E. and Rose Wood. He graduated from Casper College in 1973 and went to work for Kerr McGee. In 1975 he moved to Rock Springs where he was employed by Rocky Mountain Energy. In 1977 he moved to Douglas where he was employed as a senior draftsman for the Bear Creek Uranium Mine. He was married to Lou Ann Olafson in Casper on July 27, 1977.

Survivors include his wife; parents, Don and Rose Wood of Casper; one sister, Mrs. Tom lie)Dunn of Ringold, Georgia; a grandmothers, Mrs. Ellen T. Nelson of Farewell, Minnesota; and grandfather Paul Elwood of Bruceton, Tennessee.

The family would appreciate memorials to the Woods School in Casper or to the American Cancer Society.

SERVICES FOR Blair Burwell, 24, were held at the Christ Episcopal Church with Father James Wolfkiel officiating. His remains were cremated in Denver following the service.

Burwell was born on May 7, 1955 in Salt Lake City and attended Wheatridge High School in Colorado, graduating in 1973. He attended the Colorado School of Mines and graduated in 1977 with a degree in Metalurgical Engineering. Burwell also received a degree in 1978 from Colorado School of Mines in Mine Engineering. Burwell had been employed at the Bear Creek Uranium Mine as a metalurgist for the past two years.

He was married to Stephanie Meyers on Jan. 2, 1976 at Golden, Colorado and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.

Besides his wife, Burwell is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Blair T. Burwell of Golden, Colorado; two sisters, Mrs. Dave (Pegg) Kasik, Renton, Washington and Mrs. William (Pamela) Cloven, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Memorials to the Colorado School of Mines Foundation, 1800 Jackston Street, Golden, would be appreciated by the family.


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