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Dr. John Pierre Burgess

John Pierre Burgess, age 92, died October 28 at Friends Fellowship in Richmond, Indiana.  
   He was born on July 1, 1925 in Whitewater, Indiana to John Manning and Doris Abel Burgess.  
   Dr. Burgess was a lover of learning and focused his career on increasing the quality of rural education in Whitewater, Indiana and West Virginia.  He was a proud graduate of Purdue University earning a B.S. in Agricultural Education followed by a Master’s Degree in Chemistry/ Physics Education from Miami University of Oxford and a Master’s Degree and Ed.D in Educational Administration from Ball State University.  He served as a dedicated teacher and Principal of Whitewater School, Assistant Principal at Northeastern High School and a Full Professor and Education Department Chair at West Virginia Wesleyan College.  He is fondly respected and remembered by numerous students.
   Pierre loved watching Purdue sports, gardening, travel, reading, nature and euchre.  He was a skilled woodworker and made many items that are treasured heirlooms.  He will long be remembered for his quick wit and delightful sense of humor.  He was a man of faith who lived his values daily and leaves a lasting example of integrity for his students and family.
   He was a beloved son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and uncle.  He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 62 years, Audrey Heitmann Burgess and four children, Cheryl Burgess Jamison (Jim), Robert Burgess, Joe Burgess (Valerie) and Jeb Burgess (Susan) along with 5 grandchildren, Miguel Jamison Carvallo (Alyssa Wagner), Rachel Jamison, Sabrina Ford, Cameron and Trevor Burgess as well as great-grandchildren, Julian and Lyra Carvallo, Caleb and Travis Nelson and many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his loving sister, Barbara Hunt.
   He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Joseph Burgess, Patricia France, and Jane Schneider Braund and granddaughter, Andrea Ford Nelson.
   The family would like to thank the staff at Friends Fellowship who provided excellent care during Pierre’s illness.
   A Memorial Service to celebrate a life well-lived will be held on Saturday, November 25 at 2:00 p.m. at Friends Fellowship Community Room, with public gathering from 1-2 p.m.  Following interment at Whitewater Cemetery, a dinner will be held for family and friends at Olive Garden.  All friends, family and former students are warmly welcome to attend.  
   Memorial contributions may be made to Friends Fellowship Endowment Fund, 2030 Chester Boulevard, Richmond, IN 47374 or the charity of your choice.

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dearest Audrey,  my sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of John.  I happened on the announcement of his passing on Jeb's page on facebook.  many times i have thought of all of you with fond memories and also of your mom and my mom at my mothers house for mothers day dinner or  christmas time at her home in Roselle park NJ.  if you get this please contact me .  my last contact with you was xmas 2 yrs ago, and I am a horrible correspondent unlike your mom and mine.  love to you and all the family
gerrie gillespie (misner)

gerrie misner Aug 2 2018 12:00 AM

I had the honor of spending a small amount of time with Mr. and Mrs. Burgess in Courtyard 1 at Friends Fellowship. The love between the two of them was beautiful and their friendly actions towards others was amazing.

Rita Watson Oct 31 2017 12:00 AM