Robert Leslie Burgess passed away peacefully at home, comforted by family on February 4, 2021. He was born in Saginaw on February 21, 1930 to the late Claude and Eva Burgess. On September 22, 1956, he married the love of his life, Sandra Jean Kiesling, of Bath, Michigan.
Bob served his country proudly as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Upon returning to civilian life he worked in the transportation industry, as a driver for Dial-a-Ride, and as a school bus driver for the public school system. He lived a very full life, both working and playing hard. His greatest gift to family and friends was his unique sense of humor. He overcame much adversity in life by looking for the positive and the absurd in every person and experience. When asked how he was doing, Bob would inevitably reply, “Just ducky!” to the end of his days.
Bob is survived by his wife Sandra Burgess, children Chery Schneck, Debbie Sweebe, Terri Nihil, Dawn Searson, and Michael Burgess, 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and no service will be held. The family would like to thank Medilodge of Midland and Grace Hospice for the loving care Bob received from their staff. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider donations in Bob’s name to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation, or Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
The following poem captures what Bob’s family believes he would say to all who knew and loved him.
When I’m Gone
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile,
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken;
Remember some good I have done,
Forget that I ever had a heartache
And remember I’ve had loads of fun.
Forget that I have stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought
Some hard battles and won,
Ere the close of the day,
Then forget to grieve for my going,
I would not have you sad for a day,
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay
And come in the evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west,
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.
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