Martin A. Burgess, 95, of Birnamwood, Wis., died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, at Cloverleaf Terrace CBRF under the care of Ascension at Home Hospice.
Martin was born Aug. 3, 1925, in Casper, Wyo., the son of Glenn Sr. and Evangeline (LeVeque) Burgess. When Martin was a young boy, Clyde Ice entered his life and became a mentor who would mold him into the man he became. Clyde taught Martin how to fly an airplane at the age of 12. You could say that Martin was Clyde's shadow. Martin loved everything about aviation.
Martin graduated from Spearfish High School, where he excelled at track. He and his brother won many state titles. After graduation, Martin entered the U.S. Navy on April 30, 1943, where he was a navigator on an LST in the Pacific. He was honorable discharged on Feb. 5, 1946. On Feb. 14, 1947, Martin was united in marriage to Bonnie Lang in Lisbon, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 2007.
Martin was a building contractor and had a talent for engineering. He built many beautiful homes across the United States including Iowa, California, Colorado and Arkansas. Martin loved the outdoors. Whether it was in the air, on the ranch near Medicine Bow, Wyo., or in a river fly fishing. He treasured his many trips with family and friends and was devoted to his family. Martin was an optimist no matter what came his way. The Never Forgotten Honor Flight was a true joy for Martin and in 2019, Martin was able to take a Dream Flight in Stevens Point.
Martin is survived by his four children, Leslye (Neil) Thompson of Tampa, Fla., Mark (Elizabeth) Burgess of Wausau, Wis., Roslyn (Brad) McKay of Wittenberg, Wis., and Dan (Jennifer) Burgess of Boulder City, Nev.; 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister, Annette Schultz of Chicago; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Martin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bonnie; a daughter, Gail Jo; two brothers, Glenn Jr and Joseph; and a sister, Beatrice Trople.
A Celebration Gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date in Lisbon, Iowa. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home of Wittenberg, Wis., is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and messages of support may be shared at www.schmidtschulta.com. Memorials in honor of Martin to Ascension at Home Hospice would be greatly appreciated.
In the words of Martin, Keep your powder dry, your line wet and enjoy everything in moderation.
Martin's family wishes to offer their gratitude and thanks to the excellent care given to Martin by Jaime and the entire staff at Cloverleaf Terrace and the wonderful Nurses and caregivers from Ascension at Home.