Wallace McCutcheon Burger, 90
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Burger passed away June 9, 2013.
Graveside services will be held at the Pilot Grove Cemetery on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at 1:00 PM.
Wally was born May 29, 1923 in Pilot Grove, Missouri, to Mary McCutcheon and Wallace Walker Burger. Wally always said that spending the early years of his life with his family in Pilot Grove was the greatest blessing.
After enlisting in the Navy V-12 Reserve Program in December, 1941, he graduated from Westminster College with a BA Degree in February 1944. While at Westminster, he lettered in basketball, baseball and track. In June 1944, he was sent to Wellesley College for training to become a Navy supply officer. He was assigned aboard the Navy Cruiser USS Birmingham, where he served as Supply Officer in the Pacific, finishing with the Battle of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. In 1945, the ship was hit by a Kamikaze from which he survived.
After the War, Wally came to Kansas City in 1947, and began his 45 year career in the paper distribution business. From 1947 to 1960, he worked for the Carpenter Paper Company. After Champion International Paper Company bought Carpenter Paper he continued with Nationwide Paper, a subsidiary of Champion International in Sales and Marketing. Most of his paper distribution career was served in the Kansas City-Midwest area, however, he served over two years in Atlanta, where he served as District Manager establishing a new Southeast Nationwide Paper District. He returned to Kansas City in 1967, serving as Midwestern District Manager and retired in 1991.
He was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, past member of the Kansas City Club, The Atlanta Cherokee Town and Country Club, Kansas City Seniors Golf Association, Mission Hills Country Club, the Second Presbyterian Church where he served as Deacon and the American Legion Member, Post # 129. He was Director of the Kansas City Printing Industry, a past Director of Starlight Theater, a past member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Jolly Times Fishing Club.
He leaves his wife Betty Reeves of 58 years, and three daughters: Sally Burger Surridge and husband Bob, Mary McCutcheon Burger and special friend Tim Swanson, and Anne Shackleford Fee and husband Bob. He leaves six grandchildren: Robert, Kathleen, Madelyn and Emily Fee; Robert and Christopher Surridge. He leaves his sister Louise Jamison. He also leaves nieces and nephews: John Jamison, Sally Doane and Susan Schmidt Hustead. His sister, Marjorie Schmidt and husband Jack preceded him, as well as his nephew, Tom Schmidt.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests Memorial contributions be made to Westminster College, Children's Mercy Hospital or Second Presbyterian Church.
His profound joy was his family. Wally's thought about his passing was "Don't shed any tears for me for I have lived a dream life with family and friends."
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Pilot Grove.
Meisenheimer Funeral Home - Pilot Grove - Pilot Grove
200 Roe Street
Pilot Grove, MO 65276
Published in Boonville Daily News from June 11 to June 18, 2013