Richard Hollier Burgess

October 17, 1944June 4, 2018
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Richard (Dick) Hollier Burgess, 73, of Waddell AZ passed away Monday, June 4, 2018 at Banner University Hospital. He was born October 17, 1944 to Daniel Wheeler and Mary Rachael (Armstrong) Burgess in Columbia, Missouri. On August 23, 1969 he married Susanne Evelyn Baldrige in Coldwater, Michigan. Dick is survived by his wife, Susanne, and 7 First Cousins; Wayne Thies, Donna (Thies) Bassett, John Burgess, Nancy Burgess, Shirley (Anderson) Schmitt, Tom Anderson and Ted Anderson. Papa Dick is also survived by Tad & Tina Ulman and their children; Susanne, Rebecca, John, Katarina, and Olivia. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, William Franklin Burgess and Cousin Jerry Thies. Dick and his parents moved to Phoenix, Arizona at the start of his Freshman year at Washington High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Arizona, majoring in Math & Physics. During his college years he was active in the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity and a charter member of the University of Arizona Adventure Club Grotto of the National Speleological Society. Dick was employed for 31 years by the City of Phoenix; a number of years as head of System Software for the Phoenix Police Department. He and his wife Sue were breeders of English Springer Spaniels and Welsh Springer Spaniels. They have had a number of top winning dogs and enjoyed dogs shows and the dog show family around the United States. Dick was active in Sahuaro State Kennel Club holding a number of positions including President. He was also a member of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Assn, the Arizona Sporting Dog Association, the Southwest Welsh Springer Club, and the Stewards Club of Arizona. Dick was a member of All Saints Episcopal where services will be held Friday, June 8, 2018. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the English Springer Spaniel Foundation,


  • Susanne E.B. Burgess, Wife
  • Daniel Wheeler Burgess, Father
  • Mary Rachel Armstrong, Mother
  • William Franklin Burgess, Brother

  • John Burgess
  • Mike Burgess
  • Doug Sticht
  • Bob Schull
  • Garry Burgner
  • Jim Bryan


  • Visitation Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Friday, June 8, 2018
  • Graveside Committal Friday, June 8, 2018

Richard Hollier Burgess

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Judy and Rich Vanderlip

June 7, 2018

Sue, As I sit here waiting for my Woofstock weekend to begin I reminisce on all the fun times we have had over the forty plus years of sharing our beloved dogs together. Even though they were few and far between they were special. I will always remember Dicks smile and his funny heartwarming stories., his support and kindness to us all. Love to you and your family.

Kathy Strauss

June 7, 2018

Sue, I may not have known Dick - working with you on the ESSF website & branding many years ago ... but, have followed you all ever since. May he be a guiding light & angel to you and your family...… Hug & peace... Kathy Strauss

Jeanne Reynolds

June 6, 2018

I have known Sue and Dick Burgess for about 45 years. I always thought of Dick as a kind man with a wonderful sense of humor. I enjoyed talking to him and seeing his love and dedication to Sue and their “fur family”. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace, Dick.

Sue Bryan

June 6, 2018

I am so sorry that I will be unable to be there for you, but know that my heart and love will. Dick will always remain in my heart and being able to bring to mind that wonderful smile will always brighten my days. Love you and many prayers for you. Sue Bryan