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Donald L. “Don” Burgess

December 26, 2021

Donald L. “Don” Burgess 66, died Sunday December 26, 2021 at NMC Health in Newton. He was born August 3, 1955 in Fowler, Kansas to Porter J. and Helen M. (McInteer) Burgess.

Don attended Trinity Heights United Methodist Church in Newton.

Don attended grade and middle school in Minneola and graduated in 1973 from Peabody High School.

Don was a local fixture in downtown Newton for many years. He worked at the former McCall Shoes, Newton Appliance and Halstead Hospital. He could most recently be found serving customers at Anderson Bookstore where he has worked for over 25+ years.  Don always had a genuine smile and greeting for customers, knowing most by name when they came in.

He enjoyed woodworking and Antiques. Don could be found most Sunday afternoons browsing the aisle of Metcalf Sisters antique mall searching for his next treasure.  He also enjoyed caring for and fixing up his home.

Family was important to Don and he looked forward to spending time with his siblings and nieces and nephews. He also was a loving son and enjoyed the time with his parents when they were living.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Gail Smith and numerous aunts & uncles.

He is survived by his sister Debbie (Kirk) Matz; brothers Bud (Judith) Maxfield and Scott (Mel) Burgess.  He is also survived by 6 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews and Aunt Ruth Burgess Baker.

The family will have a gathering and visitation on Sunday January 2, 2022 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home. They will receive friends from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.  A private family interment will take place at a later date in the Appleton Township cemetery in Minneola, Kansas. Mask are required at the visitation please.

In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Newton Fire/EMS in care of Petersen Funeral Home.



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10 thoughts on “Donald L. “Don” Burgess

  1. My prayers for the whole family. Don was always such a loving and fun man to be around! I will keep his smile in my heart as I send much love to you all!

  2. We are so sorry for the loss of this wonderful special man!
    He always had a big hug each time we seen him. Our hearts are very sad for all of his family!
    He will be missed very much!
    Love and prayers to you Debbie and the rest of the family.
    Love, Shirley & Norm

  3. Don was a wonderful man. He was an important part of our lives and will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to his family and his many friends.

  4. Are deepest sympathy for the the Burguss Family and Friends .Ramona work with Don @ Anderson on main Street and knew him well .May God Bless Don .

  5. Everyone at Metcalf Sisters sends our sympathy to the Burgess family. Don will be missed by us and so many. What a genuinely warm and nice guy he was!

  6. Debbie, I was so sad to see that Don has died. He was always so warm and kind to me when I was in the store. I am sorry for the empty place he leaves for you and many others.

  7. Very nice guy I met him only once a few days before he died but his mother was 1 of my grandmothers (that just past away in Nov) best friends. Prayers to the family

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