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William L. "Bill" Burge Obituary
Burge, William L. Bill, 69, passed away of Ballwin, Missouri, Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Beloved husband of Kathryn Burge; Dear father of Elizabeth and spouse Brian Leeker and William Burge and daughter-inlaw Ellie Burge; Loving grandfather of Scott, Adam and Katie Leeker and Quinn Burge; Brother of Jack (Pat) Burge. William Lewis Burge was born October 18, 1943, in Charles City, Iowa, the son of Guy and Georgia (Linter) Burge. He was a 1961 graduate of Charles City High School and a graduate of Mason City (Iowa) Junior College (NIACC), Butler University in Indianapolis, and Xavier University in Cincinnati. From 1966-1972, he served as an officer in the Illinois Army National Guard. On August 10, 1968, William was united in marriage to Kathryn Marie Schmidt in Kankakee, Illinois. They made their home in many different areas, adapting to his life-long career in sales and marketing of consumer packaged goods with Lipton Tea (Champaign; Indianapolis; Grand Rapids; and Cincinnati); Paramount Foods (Louisville); Lowe's, Inc. (South Bend); United Foods (Modesto, CA and Jackson, TN); and Swedish Match Company (St. Louis). In 1989, he became an owner of Walco-Linck Company (Valley Cottage, New York), manufacturing and marketing TAT brand insecticide products. Preferring to live in the Midwest near his children and grandchildren, he also maintained an office in St. Louis. The company was sold in 2008 and he was employed by the new owner, Homax Corporation, until 2009. In 2009, choosing work over retirement, he joined a printing company in Ellisville, Missouri, where he served in a management role until his retirement in 2010. His many interests included writing and politics and his work enabled substantial travel, particularly throughout the United States. He was particularly fond of his hometown of Charles City, Iowa, and was an avid collector of Charles City historical memorabilia. He was the only non-resident of Charles City to be a member of the board of the Charles City Excellence in Education Foundation. Services: Memorial service at the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Friday, 4:00 p.m. Interment Private. At his request, a memorial scholarship will be established at the Charles City Excellence in Education Foundation. Memorials may be directed to the Charles City Excellence in Education Foundation, Office of the Superintendent, 500 N. Grand Ave., Charles City, IA 50616. Memorial visitation Friday 2-4 p.m. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.

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Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Dec. 27, 2012
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