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Lloyd Philip Burger
Lloyd Philip Burger, 96, died peacefully on Sept. 7, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.
Born March 30, 1917, in Dundas, Minn., he was the son of Clinton Edgar and Anna May (Graybill) Burger and during his childhood the family relocated to Crystal Lake, Ill. He graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School in 1935 and on Jan. 6, 1940, he married Marian Elizabeth Morgan and they celebrated 72 years of marriage.
During World War II he served in the United States Navy Postal Service in Alaska from 1943 to 1946 and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. He received a 30 hour certificate from Northwestern University in 1952 and started his postal career with the Railway Postal Service before World War II as assistant postmaster. He later became postmaster at the Crystal Lake Post Office, was a staff reporter for the Crystal Lake Herald and lived in the McHenry County, Ill. area until moving to Wisconsin in 2009 to be near his family. He was a dedicated husband and father of five children and in later years enjoyed gardening, carpentry, and playing chess. He spent his final years residing at the Renaissance in Marinette and at Rennes West in Peshtigo.
He is survived by a son, Philip (Virginia) Burger of Hilton Head, S.C.; two daughters, Janis (Donald) Neumann of Minot, N.D. and Barbara (Jeffrey) Orear of Peshtigo; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son, Lloyd Steven; a daughter, Mary Susan; two brothers: Merle (Jeanette) Burger and Paul (Caroline) Burger and a sister, Veva (Lewis) Reed.
A memorial wake and service will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Querhammer and Flagg Funeral Home in Crystal Lake, Ill. Burial will be in the McHenry County Memorial Park in Woodstock, Ill. Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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