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Donald Robert Burgeis


01/04/1925 - 02/26/2014 Obituary
Donald Robert Burgeis Obituary
Donald R. "Bob" Burgeis went to be with the Lord on February 26, 2014, peacefully and with his family by his side. The recitation of the Rosary and Vigil Service will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. the Mass of the Resurrection will be held, also at the church. The Rite of Burial will follow at Tehachapi Public Cemetery - Westside.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean, whom he married on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1945, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their 69th anniversary was celebrated this year. Left to mourn his passing are his sons, Gary and his wife, Thelma, and Donald and his wife, Betty.
They raised three boys, Larry, Gary, and Donald. Larry preceded him in death on September 8, 2011. There are six grandchildren, Becky, Laurie, Robert, Drake, Stephanie, and Crystal. Drake preceded him in death on September 5, 2005. There are eleven great-grandchildren, Austin, Brooke, Madison, Justin, Kristen, MacKenzie, Madelynn, Larrisa, Isaac, Adam, and Elijah. Bob also leaves behind his brother, Ramon; and his sister, Mary Lou Yearton.
Bob was born on January 4, 1925, in Kennewick, Washington. He came to Tehachapi when he was three years old. He graduated from Wells Elementary School and attended Tehachapi High School until joining the Navy in World War II. Later, he completed high school, going to night school and graduated with his son, Donald, in 1974.
After the war, he joined the American Legion until his death, he was their oldest member. Bob was a life member of the VFW and a life member of the Knights of Columbus. He served on the St. Malachy's Church council with Father Swett for four years. He was president of the Calveras Credit Union for four years.
Bob was an active member of the Tehachapi community and donated his time often. He had a nickname, "King of the BBQ" and barbequed for all events all over town which included fundraisers, weddings, 4th of July, Mountain Festival, and FFA, but most regularly for the high school's football games for well over twenty years until he could no longer attend, at which point his son, Donald, took over for a time. Bob not only made his personal BBQ, which he towed to all events, he made BBQs for the Knights of Columbus as well.
Bob loved working in his shops and would spend entire days working on wood and metal creations. Everyone in the family has a stool he made just for them, pint-sized to adult. He helped build McMullen Hall at the Catholic church. He was retired at the time and worked there every day for months. Bob was a member of St. Malachy's Catholic Church all of his life.
Bob was an avid hunter and taught his three boys to hunt on the Fickert Ranch in Bear Valley. He was the most wonderful father and partner anyone could have - 69 years of happiness! His love and devotion will be terribly missed by the entire family.
Funeral arrangements were made with the assistance of Wood Family Funeral Service. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Mar. 5, 2014
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