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Robert C. Burgess


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Robert C. Burgess Obituary
July 11, 1928 - March 21, 2016 Robert C. Burgess, 87, of Palm Desert, CA, passed away peacefully after an 11-year battle with cancer. Robert was born in Los Angeles and attended the Harvard School in North Hollywood, CA. He went on to attend the Univ. of Southern California becoming a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He then attended Claremont Men's College where he received a BS Degree in Public Administration. Robert also served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He then married Virginia Muir on May 3,1952. They had three children, Deborah (Williamson), Chris Burgess and Kimberly (Demshki). Robert worked in Sales for the Garrett Corporation in Los Angeles as Vice President of International Sales that spanned over a 30 year career. He was an avid golfer, loved boating and enjoyed his life spending time between his two homes, one in Palm Desert at The Lakes Country Club and the other in Newport Beach. He also enjoyed traveling around the world with friends and family. After his wife, Virginia, passed away in December 1994, he was blessed to marry LaVerne Poncia in 1996 whom he called "his jewel" for the past 20 years until his death. Robert is survived by his wife LaVerne Burgess, his children Deborah Williamson, Christopher Burgess (Jill), Kimberly Demshki and his 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by step children Nancy Taylor, Karen Personius (Ed), David Poncia (Tami) along with 6 step grandchildren and two step great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on April 16, 2016 at 11:00am at Voyagers Bible Church, 6000 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 30 to Apr. 3, 2016
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