Charles J. Burgess, age 82, of Highland, died at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at his daughter's home in Mulberry Grove.
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He was born Nov. 15, 1931, in Edwardsville, the son of the late Kester and Tille Hoppe Burgess.
He married Colleen Frey on Jan. 20, 1951, in Highland. She preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2010.
He is survived by one son: Tom (Lori) Burgess; two daughters: Lisa (Michael) Hunter of Pacific, Mo., and Cynthia (Julie) Burgess of Mulberry Grove; three grandchildren: Shawn (and fiancée Katie Heath) Huhn of New Orleans, Jonathan (Michelle) Huhn of Mulberry Grove and Brett Burgess of Pierron; three great-grandchildren: Marissa Huhn, Joshua Huhn and Myah Huhn; five step-grandchildren: April (Josh) Redou of Mulberry Grove, Alison Pickard, Amanda (Kelley) Voyles of Sorento, Daniel Dierkes of Pocahontas and Stephanie Dierkes of Livingston and seven step-great-grandchildren: Marcus Redou, Matthew Redou, Makenzie Redou, Maxwell Redou, Sierra Voyles, Skyler Voyles and Autumn Dierkes.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one daughter: Catherine Huhn and a step-father: Pete Franciscohne.
Mr. Burgess was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. He was born in Edwardsville and graduated from Edwardsville High School in 1949. In 1953 he moved to Highland. He worked for Franciscohne Junk Yard and Wagner Electric in Edwardsville. He worked for Southern Equipment in St. Louis for 10 years, retiring at age 63. In their younger years, he and his family enjoyed camping. They traveled to Las Vegas, Tunica and various casinos, especially with friends Don and Shirley Schaffer. He was an avid bowler for many years Hi-Top Bowl in Highland. He also enjoyed woodworking.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 13, and from 8 a.m. 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, at Spengel-Bouglander Funeral Home in Highland.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, at the funeral home with Rev. Fr. Paul Kala of St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Greenville officiating.
Interment will be St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Bond County Hospice.
Expressions of sympathy can be made online by visiting www.spengel-boulanger.com.
Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
Highland, IL 62249-0187
Published in Edwardsville Intelligencer from July 11 to July 12, 2014