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Peter D. Burgess
"Pete"

Company F-1

23 Oct 1939 - 12 Jul 2018

Place of Death: Leavenworth, KS

Interment: Leavenworth National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our Classmate, Pete Burgess, on July 12, 2018, in Leavenworth, KS, after a courageous three year battle with cancer.

Pete is survived by his wife, Debby; their daughter, Elizabeth; son-in-law Justin; and granddaughter, Camille.

A funeral service will be held at Leavenworth National Cemetery at 11 AM, July 25, 2018.  A memorial service officiated by Chaplain Johnathon Secrest will follow at the Burgess’s residence.  A dinner for guests will follow the memorial service.

Condolences may be sent to Debby at 922 S 5th Street, Leavenworth, KS  66048-3322.

Well done, Pete. Be thou at peace.

Remembrances:

Class Memorial Pages\F-1 Pete Burgess.pdf



Well, Pete, you would have enjoyed your funeral!  Debby did a bang up job of planning everything, and it all was well executed.  The spot on top of the hill in the Leavenworth Veterans’ Cemetery was perfect, the weather was great for this time of the year, and the Army funeral detail executed everything to perfection.  The gathering at your house afterwards was one of the most popular places in town that day, and people came from all over.  Your collegues from Kansas City were especially in evidence.  You are going to be greatly missed by both the Kansas City and Leavenworth communities. 

Your brother Bill flew in from California, and I got to know him quite well during the several days that he was here.  Your sister couldn’t make it, being cut off by the fires in the Redding area of Northern California, but she sent her best.  Bill and I spent time together gathering documents and doing a basic writeup to submit to the VA to see if we can get an award of DIC (that’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation in VA speak) for Debby.  It may not be a lot of money, but she is entitled to it as you died of an Agent Orange related illness - your final payment for all that time that you spent in Vietnam.  Heres hoping that we do a good job in the submission, because you always did a good job in life. 

Be Thou at Peace, 

Jim Mathison, ’61 

I put in the part about Agent Orange in hope that it might remind even one person who reads this to check into his entitlements from the VA. Any documented presence in VN is sufficient to establish contact with that awful stuff.  Pete’s brother Bill was a Navy carrier pilot who, even though he normally flew from carriers, several times landed on VN soil.  I have encouraged him to start building his case for the future.

Obituaries:

Peter Dwight Burgess passed July 12, 2018 at his home in Leavenworth, Kansas of Cancer. Peter Dwight Burgess passed July 12, 2018 at his home in Leavenworth, Kansas of Cancer.

He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Peter attended West Point and after graduation obtained the Airborne and Ranger badges for which he completed the mountain phase and the jungle phase. He served several tours in Germany and three tours in Vietnam where he was awarded seven bronze stars for valor.

On his return to the states after his second tour, he became an instructor of R.O.T.C. at the Ohio State University during the turmoil years of Vietnam protests. He met his wife, Debby, who had been assigned to interview Vietnam returnees and learn their opinion of the Red Cross in Vietnam, which was then published in the Columbus Dispatch. Peter attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth and earned a Master of Military Arts and Science. He also received a Master of Science from the American Technological University of Texas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri.

He established the Burgess and Johnson real estate appraisers and for over 20 years had occupied an office in Kansas City where he used his skills to appraise everything from abandoned hospitals, large business buildings, shopping centers, etc., and even appraised “The Edge of Hell”, a Halloween haunted house under the Broadway bridge. He loved this work; he saw each appraisal as a large puzzle. He worked to his last breath, as he requested a telephone number of a client minutes before he died.

He was a member of the Kansas City Rotary Club #13, and participated in various community projects. He also was a passionate member of the former Kansas City Club, a member of the Sewing Circle and Owls Club. The Memorial Chapel at Ft. Leavenworth was his church home. His passion was building classic vintage cars and could be seen driving around in his red MG he had built motor and all and a white Austin Healey.

He leaves behind his wife, Debby, Leavenworth; daughter, Elizabeth, son-in-law, Justin, and three year old granddaughter, Camille Swisher, Lawrence, Kansas; his brother, Bill Burgess and sister, Mary Markle, San Diego, California and many cousins and nieces and nephews.

Calling Hours are at Belden Larkin Funeral Home Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 707 S 6th St. in Leavenworth 5–7 p.m. He will be buried at the Leavenworth National cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd., (not Ft. Leavenworth) with full military honors. It is located to the south of the Veterans Administration campus. Immediately following the burial there will be a brief memorial service at his home in Leavenworth, 922 South 5th St., (not 5th Ave) followed by lunch. All are invited to attend all events. He will be missed. Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden Larkin Funeral Home.

Taps Tribute:

PETER D. BURGESS 1961
Cullum No. 23665-1961 | July 12, 2018 | Died in Leavenworth, KS
Interred in Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery, KS

Peter Dwight Burgess was born October 29, 1939 in Cambridge, MA. He enjoyed his home in East Longmeadow, MA, which included an apple orchard and a self-made ice-skating rink. There, he perfected his skills as an ice hockey player. His summers were spent at the family home in Niantic, CT at Giants Neck Beach, where he and his father built a boat. Pete, his father, and a friend sailed the coast from Connecticut to Maine. Pete loved the shore and often wondered how he ended up in landlocked Kansas.

Following graduation from Technical High School, he received a full college scholarship from Rand McNally, an appointment by John F. Kennedy to the Air Force Academy, and an appointment by U.S. Representative Edward Boland to West Point. His father, Albert Burgess, had served valiantly in World War II with an armored division. Pete learned the meaning of patriotism from his dad. Patriotism was so important to him that he chose West Point and the Army as the finest means to advance his desire to serve America in an honorable capacity.

After graduation, Pete earned Airborne and Ranger badges. He served several tours in Germany. On one return to the States, he and fellow officers were offered first class accommodations aboard the SS United States ocean liner. These accommodations had been reserved for general officers but were going unused. This treat included first class dining seating and a table next to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, who ordered a bottle of champagne for the young officers. Pete served three tours in Vietnam, where he was awarded seven Bronze Stars for valor.

On his return to the States after his second tour, he became an instructor of ROTC at the Ohio State University during the turmoil years of Vietnam protests. Here, he faced thrown eggs, harassment and an attempt by war protestors to burn down the ROTC building. Pete was in charge the night Ohio State protestors, wielding burning torches, approached the building. He took the guns out of the hands of nervous National Guard members and replaced them with baseball bats, thus averting a deadly incident.

It was at Ohio State that he met his wife, Debby, who had been assigned to interview Vietnam returnees for local newspapers and gather their opinion of the Red Cross in Vietnam. After three months, he proposed to Debby, whose father was United States Attorney of the Southern District of Ohio. The wedding was a social event in Columbus, OH. There were over 400 distinguished guests and a few friends of Pete and Debby. Pete had the last word though. With his best man, his brother, Bill, serving in the Navy and the wedding taking place on Game Day, November 30, 1968, Pete controlled the timing of the wedding nuptials so that, with a television in the room of the groomsmen, the nuptials were conducted during the half-time of the Army-Navy Game. Army won, 21-14.

Pete attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS. His tablemate was Japanese Colonel Miki Kugga, who eventually became a three-star general of intelligence in Japan. General Kugga returned to Fort Leavenworth several years later to be inducted into the CGSC International Hall of Fame. At that time, he hosted a dinner for Pete to honor him, as Pete and his wife, Debby, had treated Miki as family and best friend.

Pete’s academic accomplishments were numerous. He earned a Master of Military Arts and Science, a Master of Science from the American Technological University of Texas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri.

Upon retirement Pete established the Burgess and Johnson real estate appraisers and, for over 20 years, occupied an office in Kansas City, MO with an outstanding view of the Missouri River. Pete earned the highest professional recognition when he completed the requirements to be an MAI appraiser. He used his skills to appraise everything from abandoned hospitals to large business buildings, shopping centers, and even “The Edge of Heft,” a Halloween haunted house under the Broadway Bridge. He loved this work; he saw each appraisal as a large puzzle. Even working to his last breath, he requested a telephone number of a client minutes before he died. One distinction of which he was very proud was being selected to be a national “judge” of other appraisers attempting to achieve the MAI designation and mentoring them as they tackled this arduous task.

He was a member of the Kansas City Rotary #13 Club, a member of the Kansas City Club, and a member of the Sewing Circle and Owls Club. The Memorial Chapel at Fort Leavenworth was his church home. A great passion was building classic vintage cars (body, motor, and axle), and he could be seen driving around in his red MG or white Austin Healey. He assisted in helping change the lives of young adult offenders in the community. He is remembered as treating them with respect and accepting them as friends, and, in return, several became successes and were in attendance at his funeral.

Peter and Debby’s only child, Elizabeth, earned a master’s degree in business, cum laude, at the University of Kansas. Besides his wife, Debby; his daughter, Elizabeth; his son-in-law, Justin Swisher; and his 4-year-old granddaughter, Camille; Pete is survived by his sister, Mary, and brother, Bill, in San Diego, CA.