William M. Burrola

William Burrola
Post-war

 

GALLUP Services for William M. Burrola, 79, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father Jim Walker will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. today at Rollie Mortuary.

A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Burrola died April 30 in Albuquerque. He was born June 25, 1921, in Tokay.

Burrola served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a prisoner of war from April 8, 1941, until liberated Aug. 15, 1945, enduring the Bataan Death March and imprisoned in the Philippines until Sept. 1942. The prisoners were then taken in convoy to China and Japan. He remained a prisoner in Mukden, Manchuria, until Aug. 15, 1945.

Burrola was employed by Fort Wingate Ordnance Depot as a firefighter from 1947 until retirement as assistant fire chief on June 30, 1973. He was a member of the American X-POW, Bataan Veterans Organization, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Veterans, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Sacred Heart Cathedral parish.

Survivors include his wife, Sally Burrola of Gallup; sons, Arthur Burrola and Tony Burrola, both of Gallup; daughters, Lisa Burrola and Rosemary Chavez, both of Gallup, and Virginia Gabaldon of Albuquerque; brother, Dan Burrola of Corrales; sisters, Mary Burrola and Natcha Madero, both of Albuquerque; 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Burrola was preceded in death by his parents, Valentin and Guillerma Burrola; daughter, Mary Burrola; brothers, George Burrola, Joe Burrola, and Nick Burrola; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Burrola, Geoff Burrola, Pat Chavez, Ramon Chavez, Rick Chavez, Ricky Chavez, Robert Gabaldon and Michael Velasquez.

Donations may be made to RMCH Auxiliary, 1900 Red Rock Dr., Gallup N.M. 87301.

Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

 

The Gallup Independent