Fred William Burger, Jr. of Schulenburg, formally of Houston and Sealy, died peacefully with three children by his side on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Victoria, Texas at DeTar Hospital.
A visitation was held at the Schwenke-Baumgarten Funeral Home on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Fred had a graveside funeral at the Burger Family Cemetery located in Cat Spring, on Jan. 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. A team of horses and a wagon driven by his brother, Roy Gene Burger and his son Richard Gene Burger, led Fred from his home place on Hahn Road down to the Burger Family Cemetery also on Hahn Road. Walking behind the wagon was Fred’s pallbearers and daughters.
Pastor Lemae Higgs from Swiss Alp Lutheran Church officiated the ceremony. The Sealy American Legion Post 442 presented the military honors for Fred with the presentation of the flag to his children and ended the ceremony with Taps. Pallbearers for Fred were brother, Roy Gene Burger, son Richard Gene Burger, grandson Reece Kunschick, nephew Clint Burger, nephew John Royce “Bubba” Burger, and great nephew Ryan Moseley. Fred was born February 5, 1936, to Fred William Burger, Sr. and Hazel Bernice Burger of Cat Spring, Texas. He was raised on the family’s dairy farm and was a great big brother to his siblings. He graduated from Sealy High School in 1954.
Fred was working towards having his own dairy farm business, but shortly thereafter he was drafted into the U.S. Army on Nov. 3, 1960 and was soon stationed in Germany. After honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in Oct. 29, 1962, Fred was back home in Cat Spring, where he soon fell in love with Clema “Jean” Belote-Cowling and they were married November 2, 1963. They made their home in the Houston area until 2015 when they moved closer to their children due to Fred’s health issues. They have been happily married for 54 years. Fred and Jean were blessed with three children, Rick, Julie, and Patti and three stepchildren Glenda, Chuck and Dusty. Fred was a very hard worker and worked many years for DRILCO out of Houston. He enjoyed the outdoors.
When he was able, Fred enjoyed planting and tending to his flowers and keeping his yard looking tidy. He loved spending time with his children and his grandchildren whenever he got the chance. He was always full of sweet surprises for his children and grandchildren. He loved spending time with his parents when they were still alive and his siblings. Fred was a very family-oriented man with the kindest heart. Preceding him in death were his wonderful parents, Fred William Burger, Sr. and Hazel Bernice Burger, and his sweet sister, Cheryl Acebo, and his two nephews, Justin Burger and Austin Burger. He is survived by his son, Richard Gene Burger of Bellville; his daughter, Julie Ann Kunschick and her husband, Emil Kunschick of Weimar; and his daughter, Patricia Michelle Burger -Wagner (“Patti”) of Weimar; stepdaughter Glenda Vanicek and her husband Donald of Weimar, stepdaughter Dusty Wagner and her husband Byron of Swiss Alp, and stepson Chuck Cowling of Victoria, brother John Royce Burger and his wife Betty of Sealy; brother DeWayne Burger and his wife Catherine of Bellville; brother Roy Gene Burger and his wife Melissa of Bastrop; granddaughters, Cassey Lynn Bentley and her wife Brittney of Houston, Rikki Lynn Burger of Bellville, Emilie Faye Kunschick and Ashlie Hazel Kunschick of Weimar, Heather Janak and her husband Bryan of Weimar, Karissa Kleiber and her husband Ryan of LaGrange, Keely Brower and her husband Jeff of Schulenburg, Kami Stone and her husband Jacob of Austin, Audie Cowling of Weimar; and grandsons, Reece William Kunschick of Weimar, C.J. Cowling and his wife Jessica of Katy, Donnie Vanicek and his wife Jessica of Shiner, and great grandchildren Tayden Reid Burger; Ty, Tanner, Tori, and Tucker Janak; Harley and Toland Thornhill; Kayla, Justin, and Jacob Cowling; Mason, Malee, Maddox and Maggie Kleiber; Hagen and Hollis Brower; and Jackson Wagner-Stone.
Fred was a devoted husband, father, and “Papa.” He was the kindest, most gentle soul you could ever meet. He only wanted the best for his family and always put everyone’s needs before his own. We have so many cherished memories we will hold close to our hearts. He frequently said he wished he could have done more for us, bought us more things, provided us more material things, but we always told him the material things never added up to the love he gave his children and his family. As he left this earth, we all know we gained one amazing guardian angel.