ALAMOSA — After a courageous battle with leukemia, Edward Raymond Burger Jr., 75, known to many as Eddie and Papo, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on October 28, 2012.
He was born November 15, 1936 at his home in Denver to Hazel Edith Eisele and Edward Raymond Burger, Sr. His family moved to Alamosa around 1941 with his mother and grandmother who ran the Alamo Lunch Café and the Log Inn Restaurant where they lived.
He graduated from Alamosa High School in 1954 and eloped with his sweetheart, Laurel (Bailey) Burger to Taos on July 1, 1956 and the two of them enjoyed 56 wonderful years together. Their marriage was sealed in the LDS Mesa Arizona Temple on June 9, 1964.
He served in the Army National Guard. His occupations included working for Valley Utilities, Alamosa Milk Company, Fred’s Motor Clinic, Arrow Gas Co. and Public Service Company and took an early retirement after working there for 30 years. Instead of slowing down, he shifted gears and decided to drive school buses for the Alamosa School Transportation for the next 10 years. His favorite trips were driving the athletic teams to their various events and always appreciated the respect given to him by the students, athletes and coaches. For 17 years, their home became a life-changing experience for numerous children as through providing day care, foster parenting and crisis home for Social Services.
He was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as Bishop and in many other positions and loved the time he spent in the Scouting Program of the church. His life was one of constant service to his family, church, work, and community.
He is survived by his wife, Laurel, his sons Rick (Candy) Burger of Alamosa, Colo., Corey (Ann) Burger of Logan, Utah, and daughters, Terry (Kurt) Allen, of Leeds, Utah and Brenda (Eddie) McGinnis of South Fork, Colo. His pride and joy were his 14 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren with two on the way that he is playing with in heaven. They all loved his teasing and called him “Papo”.
He is also survived by a brother, Richie (Jan) Burger, of Pueblo, Colo., two sisters, Edith Carsella of Victor, New York and Dorothy (Don) Anderson, of Canon City, Colo. and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by a special aunt, Mary Eisele, of Alamosa, Colo.
Visitation will be held at Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa on Friday, November 2nd, from 7-9 p.m. and again from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 927 Weber Drive. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 3rd at 11 a.m. after which interment will follow at the Alamosa Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice del Valle who have been such a huge support during his illness or to an LDS charity of your choice in care of Rogers Family Mortuary, 205 State Street, Alamosa 81101 in his name.