Raymond Gayle "Coach" Burgett

Des Moines, Iowa

1934 - 2020 (Age 86)


Des Moines, Iowa


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Raymond Gayle "Coach" BurgettDes Moines - Raymond Gayle Burgett, 86, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines due to complications of Covid-19. Due to current Covid-19 restrictions a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date with inurnment at Highland...

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This is Raymond Gayle "Coach" Burgett's son, Tom. I have some more details about his life that even family might not know. In his high school yearbook he wrote that his goal was to be a suvcessful teacher and coach. That is exactly what he did. He had a great sports career. He was first team all city, at tackle for East High. He then went to Drake University on a full scholarship. He would not have gone to college except for football. His father told him he was wasting his time...

I got to know Coach at one of our high school reunions. It was not a long conversation but he impressed me with how kind and thoughtful he was. I know wrestlers in our class like Pat Hanson 65 and others stayed in touch with him throughout their lives. He was an important influence and was much loved. Sending love to his family.

So sorry to read about Coach's passing away. He was such a great person. I knew him from McDonalds. Didn't really talk to him much. I know that he is watching down from Heaven and being a guardian angel for all his friends and relatives

We thank you all so very much for your thoughts and prayers. Out hearts are broken, but we have many beautiful memories with dad. Dad had many students and athletes over his 38 year teaching career, and he loved you all! Dad has now finished his race. Though not perfect, he had a good, long life of hard work. He was born in a little house by the AE Dairy. Dad grew up poor as far as money but rich because of his family's faith in Jesus. He is now in the great cloud of believers, watching over...

Tom and Family,

Having Coached in Leon, Bondurant, and wrestling in the Des Moines Area, I am saddened to hear of coaches death. I know he was highly respected for his influence in the teaching and wrestling world. My thoughts are with your family.

Wes Creason Indianola

My Condolences to you and your family. I know how concerned you were for your Father's care. Having lost my Father on March 26th I know how the current environment impacts the Family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Coach Burgett was the guy that got me started in Wrestling. I also got to deliver bread with him for a couple of summers. One hell of a great guy. Loved him.

Gayle was the referee for many of my most memorable wrestling matches wresting for Bondurant-Farrar. I had a lot of respect for the man and will remember him with good feelings the rest of my days. Thank you Gayle for your contributions to high school athletics