David Ronald Burgess died Saturday, February 1, 2014 after a long illness. He was 58. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Holly, his furry best pal, Rusty, his father, Ron Burgess, his sisters, Karen and Laura Burgess, brother- and sister-in-law Mike and Jeanette Symmonds, all of Columbia. David is also survived by his St. Louis family, sister- and brother-in law, Jill and Greg Mueth, and his nephews, Cole and Connor Mueth, who thought he was the funniest man on the planet. He was also much loved and is survived by his aunt, Rose Lewandowski and cousin, Sue Matusiak of Chicago. David was preceded in death by his mother Mary Burgess, his maternal grandmother, Eleanor Kempiak, his maternal grandfather John Bucz, his paternal grandparents, Josephine and Cecil (Pete) Burgess, his uncle, John Lewandowski and cousins, Barbara and Annette.
David was born on August 1, 1955, in Chicago, Illinois. He and his family moved to Columbia when he was young and he attended Columbia schools, graduating with a Biology degree from Columbia College. He was a Health Physicist at the University of Missouri and treasured his many work colleagues. He had a special fondness for the Art and Archeology Museum at the University of Missouri and counted those there among his special friends. David will be most remembered for his sense of humor, his work ethic, and his love of animals, Homer Simpson, and Bob Marley.
Services: David requested cremation and a grand celebration of his much-loved life will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s name may be made to the University of Missouri-Columbia Museum of Art and Archeology or to the Central Missouri Humane Society.