WEST CLARKSVILLE - Clayton A. Burger, of 8737 Hoyett Road, passed away Thursday (Aug. 22, 2013) at the Cuba Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit.
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Clayton was born March 15, 1920, in Candor, the son of Homer W. and Retta A. Ferris Burger. Clayton and his sister Jessie were orphaned at a young age and the court awarded custody to their paternal grandmother, Emily Stearns Burger of Andover. Clayton and Jessie were raised by William and Isabel Wereley Burger, their father's brother, and their five children, as their own.
Clayton graduated from Andover High School, class of 1939, and went to Cuba to work in the cheese factory. He served as a medic and corpsman during World War II, serving in the Asian Theater, 222 Station Hospital.
After the war, Clayton returned to West Clarksville and bought a farm on Route 305. He ran this large dairy farm with the help of several local boys and even some girls, who helped with milking, haying and other chores. Clayton received numerous Quality Milk Awards from Conesus Milk Producers. He was also member of the Friendship American Legion. Clayton enjoyed cows, John Deere equipment, horse pulls, fairs, haying and mint candies, especially peppermint discs. His true enjoyment was spending time with his friends and family.
Clayton is survived by a sister, Janet (James) Appier of Big Flats; two sisters-in-law, Marjorie Burger of Hornell and Kathleen Burger of Big Flats; a nephew, Joseph (Ella) Baker and family of Arizona; a niece, Constance Baker (Randal) and family of Andover; a dear, close friend, Alice Rogers, and her family of West Clarksville; and several great-nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clayton was predeceased by those who raised him, along with three brothers, Bernard, Donald and Robert Burger; two sisters, Jessie Burger (Newell) Baker and Phyllis Burger (Edward Sr.) Wilson; and a dear cousin, Helen Jantz.
Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Genesee Pkwy., Cuba. A funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 25, 2013) at the funeral home. The Rev. Leslie E. Chambers, pastor of the West Clarksville Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be at the Valley Brook Cemetery in Andover.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Clarksville Ambulance Company, 8854 County Road 40, West Clarksville, NY 14786, or to the Cuba Memorial Hospital, Palliative Care Unit, 140 W. Main St., Cuba, NY 14727.
Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc
24 Genesee Pkwy Cuba, NY 14727
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Aug. 23 to Sept. 22, 2013