Joseph Edward Burden passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 6, 2006 leaving his lovely wife, Beverly to whom he was married 63 years. He also leaves twin sons, Jim and Jeff Burden, a daughter, Gala Kraftsow of Sedona Arizona, 8 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Joe grew up in Santa Monica, California. After graduating from Santa Monica High School, he worked as a crew chief for Northrop until WWII when he joined the Army Air Force. Joe represented the Army Air Force in their light heavy weight boxing championships. After the war, Joe was hired by the Los Angeles City Fire Department and retired as an engineer after 27 years. He participated in community activities, coaching little league and Babe Ruth baseball. He contributed many hours raising money for the booster and the optimist clubs of Ojai. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying salmon fishing and deer hunting. He and his wife were world travelers and enjoyed many cruises and motor home trips with his many friends. Joe will be dearly missed. To send the family a message, share a memory or for directions to services, please go to the mortuary's website,

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  1. Dear Beverly, Jim, Jeff and Gail and kids, My mother just informed me that she read the notice of Joe’s passing in the Daily Breeze. As she does not have internet, I told her I would sign the guestbook on her (our) behalf. In particular, she wants you all to know how much she and my Dad appreciated having such a good neighbor and friend in Joe Burden. One who looked out for the good of the neighbourhood, even if that meant giving the Walpole kids a bit of discipline….like ending the burning at the stake of a teddy bear. (My memory) And the time your dad and husband helped our dad paint the house. Thank you Joe. The Walpoles Alicia O. (Redondo Beach) Maritza (in Florida) Willy (in Arizona) Robert (Butch) (in the Netherlands) Alice (in Georgia)

  2. To Jeff and all of the Burden Family. Please accept my most heartfelt condolences for your recent loss. Having lost my parents long ago, I appreciate your loss and sorrow. I wish there were the words that could give you the comfort you need, but time hopefully will provide you with that comfort. I encourage you to relive and share all of the great memories and feel thankful that you have them. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers!! Steve Murdoch (retired Redondo Beach P.D.)

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