Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 3, 2013

William Ernest Burger

TRAVERSE CITY — William Ernest Burger , 81, of Traverse City, died Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Cherry Hill Haven. He was born on March 2, 1932, in Plymouth, the son of the late Ernest A. and Edna (Gottschalk) Burger.

William was a bricklayer and worked with his father at Burger Construction; he retired in 1994.

He was a member of the Plymouth Elks Club.

He enjoyed latch hook rug kits, gardening, euchre and was an outdoorsman.

William is survived by his wife, Carol A. (Pace) Burger. They were married on July 12, 1958, in Plymouth; his children, Debra (Mike) Brown, of Traverse City, Richard Burger, of Gaylord, and Sandra (John) Birdsall, of Traverse City; grandchildren, Sara and Kelly Brown, and Eric Birdsall; siblings, Jim (Emma) Burger and Gene Burger, of Texas; nieces, nephews and friends; and his devoted Sheltie, JoJo.

Cremation has taken place. Private services were held at Life Story Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth.

Memorial contributions may be made the Munson Health Care Foundation, designated for the Women’s Cancer Fund, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City, MI 49684; or to Hospice of Michigan, 900 E. Michigan Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686.

Please visit William’s webpage at to sign the guestbook and share a memory with his family.

The family chose Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City, to handle the arrangements.

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