RICHARD BURGESON DOROTHY BURGESON 4/26/1917 - 1/5/2014 9/21/1918 - 1/29/2014 TOGETHER AGAIN! After being married for 73 years and 3 months, Dick and Dorothy have just gone to their heavenly homes where they are together again. Richard "Dick" F. Burgeson, 96, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Highland Palms Health Care Center in Highland, CA. He was struggling to recover from a severely fractured leg. During this time Dorothy J. Burgeson, 95, was struggling with progressive congestive heart failure, and in care facilities apart from Dick for a number of weeks. On Wednesday, January 29, Dorothy passed away at the Foremost Health Care Center in Hesperia. On January 13, a small group of friends and family gathered at the Victor Valley Memorial Park to say "good bye" to Dick this side of Heaven. Dorothy struggled but was present. This Saturday, February 1, you will be able to greet the family and participate in a viewing for Dorothy from 1:30-2:00 p.m. at the Hesperia Community Church, on the corner of Olive and C Avenue. Immediately after there will be a tribute and memorial service for Dick and Dorothy (2-3:15 p.m.). The church will provide a time for fellowship and refreshments after the service. This was their church since they moved to Hesperia in 1988. Dick was born in Chicago on April 26, 1917. He lived there and then in Jamestown, NY for a short period, but, as a young boy moved to Los Angeles where he spent his entire working life. Dorothy was born on September 21, 1918 in Los Angeles. Dick and Dorothy both retired from AT&T/Pacific Telephone with Dick logging 40 years of service and Dorothy 26 years. Dick and Dorothy moved to Hesperia in 1988 where they have resided ever since. Dick and Dorothy graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles. Dick was one of several star football players, winning the LA city championship all four years he was on the team. Dorothy and Dick knew each other since age 8, where they met at the 11th Street Baptist Church, Los Angeles. They began dating at ages 16 and 17. Dorothy (Matson) and Dick were married on October 12, 1940, and shortly thereafter Dick joined the U.S. Coast Guard where he served on four different ships during WWII. Dorothy attended comptometer (early calculator) school where she honed her office skills and worked to provide support for their lives. Near the end of the War Dick was scheduled to drive an amphibious landing vehicle on to the shores of Japan when the war ended just days before that invasion. Dick and Dorothy were blessed to be Christians, loved their family, and truly were patriots. Dick is preceded in death by his father (Herbert) and mother (Marie). He is survived by his only sibling, Carole Rebstad of Cerritos, CA. Dorothy (Matson) was preceded in death by her husband, father (Oscar), mother (Amanda), and her only two sibling sisters (Mildred and Beulah). Dick and Dorothy are survived by their two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon (Joe) Logan, who live in Rolling Hills Estates, CA and Jo Ann (Bob) Kobielush, who live in Monument, CO. They also are survived by and were so very proud of their 5 married grandchildren, who gave Dick and Dorothy 8 great grandchildren. Fishing, gardening, keeping his cars looking top notch, and working on his HO gauge model trains were hobbies Dick thoroughly enjoyed. Dorothy enjoyed gardening, cooking, loved animals, and always kept the home neat, and attended to family affairs with impeccable detail and care. Together they loved music and were faithful participants in their church choirs and musicals. They were generous, hardworking and Godly people, always helping others with whatever they had. Truly Dick and Dorothy will be missed by many, but we know they are in their heavenly home, together, because they both chose to invite Jesus Christ into their lives in their early teens. It is said that life is measured by its donation, not its duration. Dick and Dorothy enjoyed both. Indeed Dick and Dorothy were wonderful people who blessed many on their earthly journey.
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Published in the Daily Press from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2014