Jack Jeremiah Burgess was born June 15, 1921 and passed in his sleep on Nov. 8, 2013, at the age of 92.
Jack is survived by his wife, Vera Burgess; son, Gerald Burgess; and daughter, Sandra
Jones; as well as four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In his youth, Jack had many adventures in the Missouri woods, hunting squirrel for supper with only a slingshot and pulling pranks with his six siblings.
After serving his country in World War II, he settled down to serve his family — mechanic by day, tow-truck driver by night. He often patrolled a treacherous section of highway looking for stranded travelers.
On several occasions, he was the first responder to accidents, rendering first aid. Jack never knew a stranger and was a friend to anyone in need.
An avid fisherman and water skier, he handcrafted his own wooden boat and skis.
Later, he became an accomplished gardener, known locally as the “Tomato King.”
Jack’s children knew Dad could fix anything from a broken toy to a broken heart. His homespun wit and wisdom always demanded honesty and integrity. His patient, nonjudgmental manner endeared him to everyone who knew him.
He was truly a good man and will be lovingly remembered.
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