Roger W "Gus" Burgmeier(1936-2012)

Roger W. "Gus" Burgmeier, 76, of North Vernon passed away at 7 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at his residence surrounded by his wife and sons.
Mr. Burgmeier retired as an insurance appraiser with Fireman's Fund Insurance of Indianapolis. He commuted to Indianapolis daily and worked primarily in Indiana and surrounding states.
He began his career in auto body repair and was in management for 20 years at Webster Chevrolet in North Vernon. He also farmed for many years and loved restoring antique International Farmall tractors and equipment. His farm has been in the same family for more than 100 years and is registered with the state of Indiana as a Hoosier Homestead Farm.
He always bragged what a wonderful family he had. He enjoyed 54 years of marriage with his wife and farming activities with his sons, Jeff and Pete. He also was close to his grandsons, Tom, Bailey and Brady.
Gus also enjoyed a close relationship with his church family at First Baptist Church in Seymour. There was never a question as to his greatest accomplishment, which was his family and friends. Gus had many pets during his lifetime. He always had a pet dog. In recent years, his closest companion was a blonde Labrador named Annie. She followed Gus around the farm and was always by his side.
He was active in his church and had served as a deacon, trustee and usher. He was a 48-year member of Masonic Lodge 59 of North Vernon and was a member of Eastern Star 183 of North Vernon. He was a former Chapter Dad of the Rainbow for Girls Assembly 84 and served Jennings County on the county council, as a county township trustee and as a county commissioner for District I. Gus also served the Jennings County Volunteer Fire Department as a volunteer fireman. He also volunteered at Jennings County Schools, specifically Hayden Elementary School, as a volunteer grandpa.
Gus was an avid reader, explaining why he enjoyed working with children at Hayden Elementary. He enjoyed 19 years of driving a bus for Jennings County Schools. His favorite song was "Amazing Grace" and he always looked forward to attending his adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Seymour.
Gus was very active in the Democratic party and founded the Jennings County Young Democrats. He later became a "Reagan Democrat" and was an avid supporter of the Republican Party after President Ronald Reagan. Although he was not able to vote in this election, he was very outspoken about his contempt for the Obama administration.
Born May 29, 1936, in Jennings County, he was the son of Burel Edward and Mildred Alice (Fitzgerald) Burgmeier. On Aug. 31, 1958, at First Baptist Church in North Vernon, Gus married Millie Pierce.
Survivors include his wife and two sons, Jeff of North Vernon and Pete (Mindy) Burgmeier of Seymour; three grandsons, Tom (Jennifer) Burgmeier of Harleysville, Pa., Bailey Wayne and Brady Wayne Burgmeier of Seymour; brother-in-law, Bob Thomas of Brownstown; two nieces, Margo Burnside of Freetown and Anne Carlin of Brownstown; and one nephew, Clif Thomas of Brownstown.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Ethel Pierce Thomas.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 505 Community Drive in Seymour, with the Rev. Dan Barringer officiating. Burial will follow services at Vernon Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church. Masonic Lodge 59 of North Vernon will conduct a Masonic service at 7 p.m. Friday.
Woodlawn Family Funeral Centre in Seymour has been entrusted with the services. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church in Seymour.
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Published in Tribune from Oct. 2 to Oct. 6, 2012