William J. "Billy" Burgess Issue Date: November 15, 2017
William J. "Billy" Burgess, 88, of Kingsford, Mi., passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.
Born May 16, 1929 in Iron Mountain, Mi., to the late William C. and Ora (Slocum) Burgess, he attended Iron Mountain Grade School for eight years before his family moved to Channing, Mi., where his mom taught school. He graduated from Channing High School in 1947.
He worked on the Milwaukee Road as a station agent for 20 years and also was the rural mail carrier for the Pembine Post Office for 20 years. He and his wife, Ruth, had three sons and owned and operated the Algonquin Hotel in Pembine for 8 years.
He had a fleet of school buses for many years and also coached the Babe Ruth League for two years with Larry Bierstaker and Jim Bolander. He served on the board of directors at Grace Lutheran Church in Pembine and on the board for Town of Beecher.
On November 29, 1996 in Bandara, Tx, he married Karen Bousley and they loved touring Texas and the hill country there. Later they lived in Fiesta Village in Mission, Tx., where they wintered for many years. They spent summers in their country home in Dunbar, where lots of animals they loved came into the yard.
They adopted a rescue Yorkie in Fiesta Village and named her Misty Blue and also adopted a Maltese named Haley Kate. In 2012 they moved to Evergreen Senior Living in Kingsford and joined the Golden K's and Golden Throats, which they enjoyed.
He enjoyed flying his own plane, fishing in Canada, playing shuffleboard and golfing in Texas, getting his first hole in one when he was almost 75. He loved golfing at Green Acres until his health didn't allow.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Karen; four sons, Rick (Debbie) Burgess of Pembine, Tom (Cindy) Burgess of Rapid River, Mi., Tim (Robin) Burgess of Sherwood and Dean (Angela) Meyer of Florida; eight grandchildren; and lots of great-grandchildren; his wife's children and families, Linda (Ron) Hill from Iron Mountain, Mi., Laura (Mike) Kondratuk from Brookings, S.D., Mike (Sue) Nelson from New Berlin, and Daniel (Joann) Nelson from Mukwonago; many step-grandchildren; three nieces, Sue (Mike) Fornetti and Janie (Jim) LaHaie, both of Iron Mountain and Sharon (Earl) Morris, Midland, Mi.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Marie (Richard) Lee; his second wife, Wanda and a step-grandson, Erik Kondratuk.
Visitation will be held at Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 1 p.m. until time of a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m., with Pastor Doug Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Pembine Cemetery in the Spring.
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