William Boyd "Bill" Burgett
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Burgett William "Bill" Boyd Burgett, age 85, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 26, 2015. To those who knew him well, he will be remembered for his integrity, perseverance, compassion for others, resilient work ethic and faith in God. To his wife of 67 years, he was a loving husband and a trusted best friend. To his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, he was a role model. He will be greatly missed. Bill was born May 29, 1930, in Sparta, OH, to George and Lenora (Boyd) Burgett. Following his graduation in 1948, from Johnsville School, he married the love of his life, Shirley Ackerman. Together they raised five children in the home that Bill built in Richland County. Learning from his parents' example, Bill made faith and church involvement a priority for his family. He was a lifelong, active member of the Waterford United Methodist Church. In 1951, Bill combined his love for building things and his need for a job, and started Kokosing Construction Company. During the early years of the business, Bill wore many hats such as estimator, supervisor, laborer and visionary. He surrounded himself with very capable people who also believed in the importance of a job done right the first time. Along with being Kokosing's founder, Bill served Kokosing as president, chairman of the board and dedicated employee for over 55 years. Over the years Kokosing Construction Company grew, becoming vertically integrated, in-line with Bill's vision. Today the Kokosing companies employ nearly 3,000 people and include Olen, Kokosing Materials, Kokosing Industrial, McGraw/Kokosing, Corna Kokosing and Integrity Kokosing. Bill was active in the construction industry at both the state and national levels. Among his fellow contractors, he was known for being a mobilizer and political advocate. He was a past president of the Ohio Contractors Association and the National Utility Contractors Association; past board member of the Ohio Operating Engineers Apprenticeship Fund and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association; and past chairman of Flexible Pavements of Ohio. During his time on the board of Flexible Pavements, he established a scholarship fund that has awarded to date, over 408 scholarships for students in pursuit of a civil engineering degree. Bill was honored to travel to the Soviet Union representing the United States in the Citizen's Ambassador Program in light construction technology. Through industry association involvement, Bill was a leader in educating government officials on programs that created useful, productive construction projects. On numerous occasions Bill spoke with members of Congress, taking every opportunity to educate people on our nation's crumbling infrastructure and how to repair it. Bill was a beacon for excellence in equipment and maintenance at Kokosing. Under his leadership, along with like-minded employees, Kokosing has always been a pioneer in inventing and building job specific equipment. Over the years, equipment manufacturers valued Bill's opinion and input on development of new equipment. Bill was also a respected negotiator. One of his most memorable contributions to the construction industry in Ohio is when he became involved in a game changing union labor negotiation. In the years following, Bill was known for his compromises in labor negotiations that created a healthy balance between management and union. Throughout his life, Bill believed in giving back to his community, as evidenced by his leadership in building the Fredericktown Community Library, the Waterford Church Family Life Center, Sockman Lake, the Fredericktown Gazebo, Hospice of Knox County and many other local community projects. Bill also gave of his time by serving on several state and local boards, such as the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Knox County Area Development Committee, Elyria Methodist Home, and the United Way of Knox County. In 2009, Bill was given the highest honor of the Free Masons, and was awarded the Thirty-third Degree for outstanding service. Bill enjoyed many hobbies, such as traveling with his wife Shirley, working in his wood shop, and taking pictures. As a young man, Bill realized his love for horses. He pursued this interest in the mid-1990s, when he purchased Clydesdales. At one point, he owned 20 Clydesdales and showed at many state fairs. Bill also liked spending time on the water and enjoyed boating. In recent years, Bill found out he had Parkinson's disease and learned from his doctor that the best way to delay the disease was through exercise. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he chose a proactive approach to the disease and started a Parkinson's exercise and support group at the Waterford United Methodist Church. Bill is survived by his wife, Shirley Burgett; three children, Brian (Sherri) Burgett, Marsha (Dean) Rinehart, and Barth (Sarah) Burgett; son-in-law, Jim Matusik; and daughter-in-law, Janenne Burgett; 14 grandchildren, Lori (Morgan) Gillett, Michelle Matusik, Renee' Matusik, Mandy (Matthew) Wushinske, Heather Burgett, Tiffany (Matthew) Loose, Brett (Meredith) Burgett, Brooke (Josh) Hoeflich, Greg Rinehart, Bryce (Kala) Burgett, Geoff (Sarah) Rinehart, Michael (Tori) Burgett, Brittney Burgett and Brock Burgett; 17 great grandchildren; and sister, JoEllen (Robert) Osborn; sister-in-law, Eleanor Burgett; and brother-in-law, John Pearce. He was preceded in death by his daughter Valerie Matusik, his son Brad Burgett and brother Sam Burgett. Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015 from 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. with a Masonic service to be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Waterford United Methodist Church, 20595 Waterford Road, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019, where a celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. A burial service will follow in North Fork Cemetery. For those wishing to make memorial donations, the family suggests two of Bill's passions: Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050, or the Parkinson Exercise Group and other programs at the Waterford United Methodist Church, Attn: Brent Winand, 7326 St. Rt. 19, Unit 1005, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338. The family would like to thank the caregivers who have helped care for Bill and the many friends who have offered love and support. The SNYDER FUNERAL HOME of Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of William "Bill" Boyd Burgett. To share a memory or leave a condolence, visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch from Nov. 26 to Nov. 28, 2015.
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November 20, 2019
Bill was a very caring and giving man. He was a part of my life since childhood. I still remember him coming into grandma's house with muddy boots when he was just getting started in his business. He and Shirley took my mother with them up to British Columbia to see Uncle Carl and he was definitely a true joy to my mother as to us all. He was an inspiration to the whole family and is sadly missed. Rest in Peace Dear Cousin.
Jo Ann Holtrey
December 1, 2015
Prayers for the entire Burgett family. Everyone has our deepest sympathy. Prayers for strength & peace during this most difficult time.
Patrick & Paula Horstman
December 7, 2015
Our thoughts and Prayers are
With all of you.. May your memories help heal your hearts.
Lisa and Steve Markley
Lisa Markley
December 3, 2015
My sympathies to your entire beautiful family!
Jeana G
December 1, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tamia Baker
November 30, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the Burgett family.
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November 30, 2015
Bill became a jobsite friend many years ago. His professionalism and good nature became the old standard for our industry. He will be missed, and his example will live on. Thank you, Bill, for everything. God has blessed you and He will keep you until we meet again
Dean Bortz
November 30, 2015
Thinking of you, Shirley, and all your family with love and sympathy. Bea Clever Dorminy
November 29, 2015
My prayers are with your whole family. I am proud of you all.
Cheryl Lang (zeigler)
November 28, 2015
One of the wonder rides with Bill and Mom.
We were so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. He has been a credit to our whole family and will be greatly missed by everyone. We have all been proud of his accomplishments. My mother Catherine Parkinson Hanna was extremely proud of him. She often talked about when she would babysit Bill and Sam. We give our deepest condolences to the whole family. Jo Ann and Lew Holtrey
Jo Ann Parkinson Holtrey
November 28, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss Brian. We hope the love from family and friends will comfort you in the days ahead.
Steve & Becky Kelley
Becky Kelley
November 28, 2015
To the family

Please accept my condolences on the death of your loved one. May the God of all comfort, comfort you during this difficult time. 2Corthians 1:3-5
November 28, 2015
Condolences from the Phil B. Brumenshenkel family. My father thought very highly of Bill and enjoyed working with him over the years.
Stacy Drake
November 28, 2015
Our Prayers and Blessings to the Burgett Family during this time of sadness.
James & Ana Ronk
November 28, 2015
Our prayers and blessings to the Burgett Family during this time of sadness.
Jim & Ana Ronk
November 28, 2015
Thoughts & prayers to Shirley and the rest of the Burgett Family.
Jason Kodger
November 28, 2015
We send our thoughts and prayers to the Burgett family. So sorry for your loss
Pete and Missy Moritz
November 27, 2015
My thoughts & prayers are with all of you. What fond memories I have of Bill who always had a smile. His many contributions to the construction industry are priceless.
Elizabeth Knabe
November 27, 2015
Sending my condolences to the family. May God give you strength and peace during this difficult time. (Psalm 29:11)
November 27, 2015
Thoughts and prayers to the entire Butgett family.
Maureen Haas
November 27, 2015
My deepest condolence for the Burgett family.
Barb Morrison
November 27, 2015
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Terri and Rick Hendricks/jackson
November 26, 2015
Our deepest condolences to the Burgett family.
Tom & Deb Beach
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