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Louis B. Burgelin

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Louis B. Burgelin Notice
Jan. 20, 1916 - Nov. 30, 2009

Louis Brosnahan Burgelin was born January 20, 1916, in Vallejo. He had one sister, Ruth Fritzsche, and one brother, Charles Burgelin, both deceased. Lou graduated in 1932 from Vallejo High School, where he was a member of the football, tennis and track teams.

He attended UC Berkeley until 1934, when he entered Mare Island Naval Shipyard Apprentice School, graduating as a marine machinist. He held a number of management positions at several naval shipyards: Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard, head progressman; Mare Island Naval Shipyard, chief progressman; and Norfolk Naval Shipyard, production manager.

In other organizations: national president, Naval Civilian Manager's Association; president, Council of Naval Em-ployee Groups; national vice president, Retirement Federation of Civil Service Employees; president, Navy Yard Association of Mare Island; first chairman, Combined Federal Campaign, Napa/Solano Counties; first chairman, Vallejo Senior Citizens Council; president, Vallejo-Napa United Way; president, Vallejo Chapter 16 NARFE; Vallejo Salvation Army Corps, member 44 years, three times chairman, Advisory Committee, 12 years as treasurer; Vallejo Elks Lodge No. 559, exalted ruler, national office 1965, national ritual judge (31 years), chairman, 100th anniversary chartering Vallejo Elks Lodge; chairman, 150th anniversary of the opening Mare Island Naval Shipyard; foreman, Solano Grand Jury; secretary/treasurer, 500th Ship Fund; lector and Eucharistic minister, St. Vincent's Catholic Church; president, Vallejo Council Navy League; founder, Christmas Dinner for the Lonely, Vallejo Senior Center on Christmas Day (25 years); and one of the founders of the Vallejo Naval Historical Museum.

Lou retired in 1972 after 37 years of federal service to become executive secretary of the Armed Services Committee of Vallejo Chamber of Commerce (19 years).

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty; son, James (Jane) Burgelin, Alameda; daughter, Karen (Paul) Lockwood, San Diego; son, Barry (Rosetta) Burgelin, Pine Mountain; grandsons, Bill (Diane) Wingfield, Paso Robles and Jim Wingfield, Vallejo; granddaughter, Lorrie (Gregg) Guinn, Bakersfield; great-grandchildren, Katie and Alec Wingfield, Kimmy Wingfield, Brody and Cassidy Guinn; sister-in-law, Pat (Wendell) Franks, Clear Lake; and several nieces.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Colonial Chapels with an Elks service at 6:30 p.m. followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m., both on Friday. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church with burial at All Souls Cath-olic Cemetery, Vallejo.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers contributions to Vallejo Elks Lodge No. 559.

Published in TimesHeraldOnline on Dec. 2, 2009
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