Donald Myron Burgess

September 08, 1927 ‒ June 22, 2015

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Donald Myron Burgess, age 87, of Gambier Road, Mount Vernon, met his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 22, 2015. He was born on September 8, 1927 in Mount Vernon, Ohio the son of William Earl and Bessie (Moore) Burgess. Don was a 1945 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and later earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration Magna Cum Laude from Bowling Green University. He was employed at age sixteen by G.R. Smith Hardware before accepting positions with Cooper Bessemer and eventually retiring from Kokosing Construction Company and returning part time to work on the floor at the hardware store.

Don was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Mount Vernon where he had served as deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher for 45 years. He also served the church in Christian Education, choir and financial secretary. Don was a member and past state treasurer of the American Baptist Men, where he served on the local, association and state levels. When able, Don enjoyed to golf in the Cooper’s League.

He is survived by his wife, Karen (Weaver) Burgess, whom he married on August 17, 1968, his children; Brett Burgess, Scott (Mary) Burgess and Gregg (Ann) Burgess all of Mount Vernon, five grandchildren; McKenzie Burgess, Kelsey Burgess, Dayne Burgess, Zoey Burgess and Tanner Burgess, a step grandson, Logan Rothgeb and his sister, Margaret Van Sickle of Delaware.

Besides his parents he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Mary Ellen Burgess.

Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 303 S. Edgewood Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050. Pastor Marvin Haught will be officiating. Burial will follow in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Don’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church.

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The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Donald Myron Burgess.

  • I am deeply saddened to know that we hav lost another good man, but our loss is Heavens gain. And that is where the joy is…My thoughts and prayers g o out to the family>Pray that God will give each of you His strength always.

  • Karen, you and your family are in my prayers and thoughts. So sorry for the loss of Don. Please let me know if there is anything you need.

    Ann Rogers

  • Our family is holding your family in prayers. We have a deep respect for Don he was one of many Sunday School teachers I had at FBC. Scott has done both his earthly father and our Heavenly Father great pride he has continued to love and minister to my father and family during our difficult and stress filled days. We are truly grateful! We hold you tenderly in prayer in these difficult days.
    ~~ Meg

  • Don was a wonderful man and had a love for Christ which you could see every time he smiled. He was one of the first people to welcome us to First Baptist as we attended and always loved our boys. Sunday wasn’t complete until Don came over to greet you. Heaven gained a saint and it is comforting to know that our paths will cross again. Prayers to all the Burgess families during this time. May God comfort you and bring to you peace.

  • Not many men were as attentive to their faith and growth as Don. Sorry for his passing. Am grateful for the enrichment he brought to his family and church community.

  • sorry for the loss of your loved one praying for your family there this difficult time!!

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Gregg and Ann and the family at this time of loss. Cherish the memories you have had during the years, and that they bring comfort to you during this difficult time.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Gale and Francie Shrimplin

  • Scott and family, We were saddened to hear of your dad’s leaving this earth but rejoice that he has “met his Lord and Savior face to face”! Praying for God’s blessings of comfort and peace for all of you as you adjust to your dad’s transition into his Lord’s presence. Dave & Sharron Sedziol

  • Karen – So sorry to hear about Don. I worked with you for a short time at Bennington Glen – hope you remember. My thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Our prayers and thoughts have been with you over this past week. Don was always a friendly face at GR Smith and will be missed. Blessings on you all.