Carl A Burgess

December 16, 1920May 21, 2013

Carl A. Burgess

92, of Lima, died at 7:15 a.m. May 21, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his children.

He was born December 16, 1920, in Bedford, Indiana to John and Lillie (Clouse) Burgess. On April 7, 1947 he married Mary Sciranka who preceded him in death on March, 20, 2008.

Carl was a member of St. Gerard Catholic Church, Lima, Ohio. He was a World War II Army Veteran and member of VFW Post #1275. He retired from Ex-cello Corp. in 1983.

He came to Lima looking for work and found the love of his life, Mary. Carl loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren with simple, honest and unconditional love. He had the wonderful gift of making you feel like you were the most important person in the world.

He was a passionate Indiana University basketball, Notre Dame football and Cleveland Browns fan. He also loved fishing, golf and gardening. All of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren shared his passion for all of the above.

Carl was also a beloved Uncle and Great Uncle to many and will be missed by those family members as well.

Survivors include a son Tim (Sharon) Burgess of Lima, five daughters, Carole (Tom) Zeller of Lima, Barb (Jon) Green, Columbus, Ohio, Mary Ann (Bill) Sommer of Lima, Teresa Frost of Lima, Lou Ann (Kelly) Reid of Elida, Ohio; 14 grandchildren, Rick Zeller, Lisa Zeller, Brent (Kathlene) Burgess, Jessica (Jason) Uhrik, Tony (Erin) Sommer, Mary Elizabeth Sommer, Jonathan Sommer, Jeff (Peggy) Frost, Carla Williams, Ryan Frost, Erica (Chad) Elling, Jennifer Reid, Adam Reid, Stephen Reid and 28 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law Carol Sciranka, of Lima, Ohio; one sister Margaret Lowery of Bedford, Indiana, one brother Asa Burgess of Bedford, Indiana.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents John and Lillie Burgess, 2 sisters, Phyllis Burgess (infant) and Luella Casey and 3 brothers, Charles Burgess (infant), Robert Burgess and John Howard Burgess all of Bedford, Indiana. He was also preceded in death by grandson Byron Burgess.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013 at St. Gerard Catholic Church with Father Mike Houston as celebrant, burial will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery where VFW Post 1275 will have graveside military rites..

Family and Friends may call Thursday 2-8 p.m. at Siferd-Orians Funeral Home 506 N. Cable Rd. Lima, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a gift to help feed the poor. Condolences can be expressed at


  • Calling hours Thursday, May 23, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, May 24, 2013

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Kymberli Frueh-Owens

May 28, 2013

Louanne and family,
So sorry for your loss but what a wonderful life he led and such an incredible legacy he leaves behind. Know that my thoughts are with you in this tough time.

Roger Fuller

May 26, 2013

LouAnn you have by deepest sympathy.

May 24, 2013

Hi Mary Ann so sorry to hear about your dad please know I am thinking about you...Julie Fields

Judy Downard

May 24, 2013

Tim, Carol, Barb, Lou, Teresa and family, I am sorry I could not be there today to celebrate Carls life and Passing with you. But know that my thoughts and Prayers are with you all. I have fond memories of being at the house full of Burgess's and lovin every minute of it. Carl did Always make you feel right at home. He is with the love of his life now. May he rest in Peace. Love and Kisses Judy (McDonald)Downard

Jodi Hill

May 23, 2013

Barb and Jon and family, our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. You are in our thoughts.
Love, Dave Jodi David &Jon

Kathy Burns

May 23, 2013

Louanne, what wonderful memories you all must have. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Love, Kathy Koester Burns, Bob, Nick and Bill

Tom and Sue Sevitz

May 23, 2013

So sorry on your Dad's passing.Always had a smile on his face! Now he is with Mary and no more suffering.
May God Bless all of you??

May 22, 2013

Dear Maryann,Bill, and family...We're so very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. We're hoping that all of the happy memories of him will help you get through the sadness you are enduring now...Our prayers, thoughts, and love go out to you. Larry & Marty Peckham,Escondido,California

Mary Porter

May 22, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Carl's passing. I feel so blessed & fortunate to have known him and his love. Just wanted to let you all know I am thinking of you . Sending prayers, hugs and love,

Michael Hyek

May 22, 2013

Surviving Family Members ~

What proud individuals you must all be when you read through the obituary and relive the experiences you must have had with the man described. Although I did not know him, I know Barb well and know from interacting with her the love she had for him and the brightness in her eyes when she spoke of him, that he was a wonderful man. I am sorry for your loss and will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.