Peter Dwight Burgess passed July 12, 2018 at his home in Leavenworth, Kansas of Cancer.
Peter Dwight Burgess passed July 12, 2018 at his home in Leavenworth, Kansas of Cancer. He was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Peter attended West Point and after graduation obtained the Airborne and Ranger badges for which he completed the mountain phase and the jungle phase. He served several tours in Germany and three tours in Vietnam where he was awarded seven bronze stars for valor. On his return to the states after his second tour, he became an instructor of R.O.T.C. at the Ohio State University during the turmoil years of Vietnam protests. He met his wife, Debby, who had been assigned to interview Vietnam returnees and learn their opinion of the Red Cross in Vietnam, which was then published in the Columbus Dispatch.
Peter attended the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Ft. Leavenworth and earned a Master of Military Arts and Science. He also received a Master of Science from the American Technological University of Texas, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Missouri.
He established the Burgess and Johnson real estate appraisers and for over 20 years had occupied an office in Kansas City where he used his skills to appraise everything from abandoned hospitals, large business buildings, shopping centers, etc., and even appraised “The Edge of Hell”, a Halloween haunted house under the Broadway bridge. He loved this work; he saw each appraisal as a large puzzle. He worked to his last breath, as he requested a telephone number of a client minutes before he died.
He was a member of the Kansas City Rotary Club #13, and participated in various community projects. He also was a passionate member of the former Kansas City Club, a member of the Sewing Circle and Owls Club. The Memorial Chapel at Ft. Leavenworth was his church home. His passion was building classic vintage cars and could be seen driving around in his red MG he had built motor and all and a white Austin Healey.
He leaves behind his wife, Debby, Leavenworth; daughter, Elizabeth, son-in-law, Justin, and three year old granddaughter, Camille Swisher, Lawrence, Kansas; his brother, Bill Burgess and sister, Mary Markle, San Diego, California and many cousins and nieces and nephews.
Calling Hours are at Belden Larkin Funeral Home Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 707 S 6th St. in Leavenworth 5–7 p.m. He will be buried at the Leavenworth National cemetery, 150 Muncie Rd., (not Ft. Leavenworth) with full military honors. It is located to the south of the Veterans Administration campus. Immediately following the burial there will be a brief memorial service at his home in Leavenworth, 922 South 5th St., (not 5th Ave) followed by lunch. All are invited to attend all events. He will be missed.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Belden Larkin Funeral Home.