Charles Burgess, 83

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Charles W. Burgess, 83, of Mountain Home, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Elmore Medical Center Hospital in Mountain Home.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Summers Funeral Homes, McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain Home.

Charles was born at McDowell, Kent., on May 29, 1921, to Autie and Marie Holt Burgess.

He retired from the USAF in October 1963 after having served his country during WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

Charles and his wife, Reenie, were married at Bern, Switzerland, and enjoyed their tour of duty in German and traveled extensively in Western Europe. He also served at various bases in the US and in Korea and Alaska. After his retirement they lived south of Mackay, Idaho, on 120 acres. This was home base for their years of retirement as they both enjoyed traveling, visiting every state in the US and many salmon fishing trips to Alaska.

He was a member of Mt. McCaleb Lodge No. 64 and Harmony Chapter No. 44 Order of the Eastern Star, Past Commander of Joe Nowacki Post 16 American legion and past President of the Lost River Electric Co-op, all at Mackay, and a member of the military organization, NOAA. Charles was a member of the "I.R.O.N." Club of Idaho Falls and the Snake River Antique Power Association-Branch 150 at Nampa.

Charles is survived by: his wife, Reenie Burgess; brothers Harold (Wanda) Burgess of Enon, Ohio, Jim (Susan) Burgess of Riverside Ohio, Ted (Inez) Burgess of Carlisle Ohio, Lt. Col. (Ret.) John (Mary) Burgess of Russell, Kent.; a sister, Kathleen (Bob) Kimbrell of Ashland, Kent., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Phillip Burgess, and a sister, Rebecca Bogema.