Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Kenneth Burgess

   Kenneth L. Burgess, 71, of Midland, died at the MidMichigan Medical Center, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2002. Born Sept. 21, 1930 in Beaverton, he was the son of the late Ransom W. and Loa Ellen (Ogg) Burgess. He was raised and educated in Beaverton and graduated from Beaverton High School in 1947. Ken graduated from Alma College in 1952 with a BS degree, and received his MS degree in 1954 from the University of Michigan. He then received his Ph.D from the University of Michgian in 1957. He married the former Jane McKimmy, Dec. 28, 1950 in Beaverton. He worked for The Dow Chemical Company as the assistant director of Legislative Affairs for Health, Environment and Science from 1957 until retiring in 1990.

   He was a member of Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, former member and past president of the American Chemical Society and a member of the Plastics Engineers. He was an active supporter of Free Masonry and was a life member of Midland Centre Lodge #273 F.&A.M., member of DeMolay Legion of honor, Scottish Rite Masonry Valley of Bay City where he served as commander and chief and was awarded the sublime degree of 33 for meritorious service, Knights Templar #26, Royal Arch Masons #169 serving as past high priest, Red Cross of Constantine St. Martin Conclave, Pythagares Council, Elf Khurafeh Shrine Temple and a life member of the Midland O.E.S. chapter #121.

   Besides his wife he is survived by one son, Robert W. and wife Dawn of Bar Harbor, Maine; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann and husband Jason G. Schuette of Mansfield, Texas; one brother, James R. and wife Bonnie of Beaverton; one sister, Ada Ruth Frick of Beaverton; and grandchildren, Ransom and Alden Burgess and Matthew and Michael Schuette. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Ellen Burgess in 1967.

   Services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Wilson Miller Funeral Home with the Rev. David Young, pastor of Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church, officiating. A Masonic memorial service was conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Memorials may be made to Centre Lodge #273 for Masonic Charities or to Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church building fund.

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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
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