1970's - 2000's
Mr. Burd’s daughters, Linda Burd-Berman, Christine Burd, and Veronica Burd have all participated in the daily operations of the funeral homes. Beginning in 1985 and continuing for the next six years, the R.J. Nixon funeral Home was completely remodeled by the Burd family. The remodel took place in three phases beginning with the offices and hallway, which included a new lobby fireplace and mantle. The second phase was with the the formal chapel that included a new family seating area. Lastly, the viewing rooms were completed with new furniture and a dividing wall. The Burd family was able to retain Mr. Nixon’s original floor plan of the funeral home while completely refurbishing and decorating it with an entirely updated appearance. Sadly, on June 29, 1994, Donald H. Knapp, a beloved and long time retired employee of both Ralph Nixon and Burd families passed away at the age of 75. Mr. Knapp was cherished by the staff and clients of the funeral home and is still missed today.
In 1996, Mr. Burd acquired the Wabeek Tea Room and the former Nixon Residence. These adjacent properties were located just north of the funeral home and were purchased from Mrs. Agnes Dunn and her daughter Vivian Doherty, who were wanting to retire from their restaurant business. The Burd family razed the restaurant to make room for a 7,500 square foot addition to the existing funeral home. This expansion provided two new viewing chapels, six offices, a lounge and additional parking. On November 23, 1997, the family and staff of the R.J. Nixon Funeral Home celebrated this expansion and in spirit continued Ralph Nixon’s intention of providing the finest of funeral facilities and service.
Many changes occurred with the coming of 2000, the merchandise area was remodeled to reflect a more modern approach to introducing funeral merchandise to families, as well as the Keepsake Shop was also introduced. This was the first of its kind in the Downriver area. Sadly, on February 8, 2006, Donald Burd passed away and then a year later his wife, Marian Burd also passed on April 3, 2007. Mr. Burd’s daughters Linda Burd Berman and Christine Burd continued the family tradition and took over the management of the R.J. Nixon and H.F. Thon Funeral Homes.