Richard A. “Dick” Burge
Funeral Mass for Richard A. “Dick” Burge will be celebrated Monday, February 10, 2020 at 1 pm at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Dick passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at Life Care Center of Casper.
Dick was born October 28, 1921 in Hutchinson, Kansas to George and Florence (Verchere) Burge. He graduated from Argentine High School in Kansas City and attended the University of Kansas where he majored in Chemical Engineering.
After graduation in 1943, he went to work for Standard Oil Company of Indiana and was offered a position in Casper, Wyoming where he worked for 33 years. He was then transferred to the Chicago office as Director of Safety working for the VP of Refining and Engineering for 5 years, retiring in 1981.
While in high school, Dick met Jean Mae Sellers with whom he became quite smitten. After her graduation from the University of Kansas, she accepted an invitation to visit him in Casper and never left. They were married in June 1945. The couple were active in the Presbyterian Church, PTA, Civil Service Commission and Girl Scouts. They raised two children, Judith Karen and Richard William. Summer vacations were always a time of joy and exploration visiting grandparents in Kansas City and camping on Crazy Woman Creek in the Big Horns.
Dick and Jean were married for 50 years at the time of her passing in 1995.
Later that year, Dick was invited to visit Hawai’i, by an old friend, who introduced him to Madalyn Vasconcellos of Honolulu. They married in 1996 and lived there for 20 years until her death from Alzheimer’s. The first 10 years of their marriage they traveled the world, something Dick had always dreamed of doing. The last 10 years Dick became Madalyn’s caregiver which significantly impacted his health resulting in multiple injuries and hospitalizations.
Dick returned to the mainland in 2015 choosing to return to Casper.
He is survived by Judy TeSelle (Roger), Rick Burge (Goldie), 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a contribution to Alzheimer’s research or a charity of your choice.
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