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Carl A. Burgess, 92, died at 7:15 a.m. May 21, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his children.

He was born Dec.16, 1920, in Bedford, Ind., to John and Lillie Clouse Burgess. On April 7, 1947, he married Mary Sciranka, who preceded him in death on March, 20, 2008.

Carl was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church. He was a World War II Army veteran and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275. He retired from Ex-Cell-O Corp. in 1983.

He came to Lima looking for work and found the love of his life, Mary. Carl loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with simple, honest and unconditional love. He had the wonderful gift of making you feel like you were the most important person in the world.

He was a passionate Indiana University basketball, Notre Dame football and Cleveland Browns fan. He also loved fishing, golf and gardening. All of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren shared his passion for all of the above.

Carl was also a beloved uncle and great-uncle to many and will be missed by those family members as well.

Survivors include a son, Tim (Sharon) Burgess, of Lima; five daughters, Carole (Tom) Zeller, of Lima, Barb (Jon) Green, of Columbus, Mary Ann (Bill) Sommer, of Lima, Teresa Frost, of Lima, and Lou Ann (Kelly) Reid, of Elida; 14 grandchildren, Rick Zeller, Lisa Zeller, Brent (Kathlene) Burgess, Jessica (Jason) Uhrik, Tony (Erin) Sommer, Mary Elizabeth Sommer, Jonathan Sommer, Jeff (Peggy) Frost, Carla Williams, Ryan Frost, Erica (Chad) Elling, Jennifer Reid, Adam Reid and Stephen Reid; 28 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Carol Sciranka, of Lima; a sister, Margaret Lowery, of Bedford, Ind.; and a brother, Asa Burgess, of Bedford, Ind.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents John and Lillie Burgess; two sisters, infant Phyllis Burgess and Luella Casey; and three brothers, infant Charles Burgess, Robert Burgess and John Howard Burgess, all of Bedford, Ind. He was also preceded in death by grandson, Byron Burgess.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Father Mike Houston as celebrant. Burial will be in Gethsemani Cemetery, with military rites by VFW Post 1275.

Family and friends may call Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home, 506 N. Cable Road, Lima.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a gift to help feed the poor.

Condolences can be expressed at siferd-oriansfuneralhome.com.

Carl A. Burgess
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