Funeral services for Jack Burgess, 95, of Houston were held April 14, 2011, at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston.
Mr. Burgess died April 11 in Wylie. For the last several months of his life, he was cared for by the capable staff of Founders Plaza in Wylie, his family members said.
He was born Nov. 15, 1915, in Pryor, Okla.
He graduated from Oaks Lutheran Mission in Oaks, Okla. It was there that he met his wife Cloma Mann, whom he married March 29, 1939. He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed on Guam during World War II. He was discharged in January, 1946.
Mr. Burgess worked as a chemical salesman at Diamond Alkali Chemical. After leaving, he formed Van Waters & Rogers, which later became Univar Chemical. Following his retirement, he established Flint Chemical of Houston.
His family said he was a faithful Christian, serving as deacon, church treasurer and Benevolence Committee chairman in the various churches in which he was a member. He also served as a volunteer chaplain on the leukemia floor at M.D. Anderson Hospital of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 64 years, Cloma Mann Burgess.
Survivors include his daughter, Linda Draper and her husband Dr. Al of Wylie; son, Sid Burgess and his wife Marilyn of Bellville; grandchildren, Lori Reuthinger and her husband Scott of Wylie, Wendy Richards of Colorado Springs, Colo., Brett Burgess of Minden, La., and Dr. Derek Draper and his wife Renee of Sachse; great-grandchildren, Amy Reuthinger, Alli Reuthinger, Zach Richards, Jackson Burgess Draper, Guy Draper, Avery Draper and Anna Draper.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tallowood Baptist Church or First Baptist Church of Wylie Library in his memory.