IPAVA - Robert E. Burgard, 76, of Ipava, Ill., passed away at 6:55 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at his home.
He was born on Nov. 13, 1936, in Canton, Ill., a son of Harold "Preacher" and Nelda (Smith) Burgard.
Robert worked at Sun Spot Mine in Vermont, Ill. He was owner/operator of the Wagon Wheel in Topeka, Ill., and Bobby B's in Ipava, Ill., and was currently manager of the Burgard Family Trust.
He was an Army veteran, serving from 1955 to 1956 with Company L, 35th Infantry, with a rank of SP3 (T).
He was a member of the Ipava American Legion. He earned his pilot's license in 2002.
Robert loved the St. Louis Cardinals and Bud Light. His favorite pastime was to sit on his deck, overlooking his pond, with his family and friends. He always wanted everyone to have fun. His grandchildren and great-grandson were his pride and joy.
Robert is survived by two daughters, Kim Burgard of Round Rock, Texas, and Jodi Burgard of Nicoma Park, Okla.; two sons, Rob (and Nancy) Burgard of Table Grove, Ill., and Lanny (and Angie) Burgard of Ipava, Ill.; five grandchildren, Ashley (and James) Sellers, Chad Berglan, Dillon Berglan, Katie Burgard and Landon Burgard; one great-grandson, Landon Berglan; his brother John (and Rose) Burgard of Ipava, Ill.; three sisters, Lois Gorsage of Lewistown, Ill., Luann (and Lowell) Davis of London Mills, Ill., Rebecca (and Don) Heller of Table Grove, Ill.; 18 nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews; and his North Carolina and Wisconsin boys.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Lanny Burgard.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Ipava Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Danie deBeer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment of ashes will be in the Ipava Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ipava American Legion or to a
The family would like to especially thank Rebecca Heller, Sarah Dress and caregivers Jennifer Spencer, Jo Thome and Lisa Parry for their care of Robert.
Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava has been entrusted with arrangements.