Cyril Francis Burger left many loved ones behind as he went to be with the Lord, Monday, April 16, 2012. He was born Oct. 20, 1920, in South Fork, Pa., son of the late William Francis and Anne Elizabeth (McClarren) Burger. Cy was a coal miner until entering World War II at age 22, where he served as gun crewman on tanks, in the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division. During his five-year service, he fought in North Africa and Italy, receiving three bronze stars.
After the war, he married the love of his life, Fawn (Aeschliman), June 1, 1946. Also surviving are daughter, Cathy Bourne; and sons, Jan and Rick Burger. Daughter, Bonnie, preceded his death in 1998; as well as two brothers and one sister. He has one living sister, Joanne Miller. Special friends, Charlene and Greg Johnson will also miss Cy's friendship.
He moved to Midland in 1956, starting the business Tri-County Tile & Marble, the only business of its kind in Midland from the 50s through the 70s. Most homes in town still contain his tile work. Cy was a meticulous and honest businessman. He gave many young men a job, helping them develop a skill for tile setting. Specific work of Cy's included major churches, businesses, restaurants, nursing homes, hotels, schools, and public recreational facilities in the tri-city area.
Cy's love and affection was extended to his 10 grandchildren, Kendra Jackson, David Horning, Eric Bourne, Heather llacqua, Brian Burger, Joel Burger, Jamey Burger, Brandi Potts, Inan and Marshal; plus 13 great-grandchildren. Anyone who knew Cy knew he loved to fish and hunt with his boys, many friends, and older grandkids. He could be a prankster - he loved life.
A memorial service celebrating Cy's life will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2012, at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, 5501 Jefferson Ave. at Chapel Lane. The Rev. Dr. Rhonda M. Myers and The Rev. Dr. George W. Baird will officiate, and military honors will be presented by the Midland Area Veterans, and the U.S. Army. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, or the Midland County Veteran's Memorial Improvement Fund. Cyril will be honored by having his name inscribed on Midland Veterans Memorial and the Manistee Veteran's Wall.
Memorial and cremation services have been entrusted to the care of the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Directors, 1200 W. Wheeler St. Online condolences may be made through www.waresmithwoolever.com