GEORGE P. BURMEYER SR.
George P. Burmeyer Sr, 96, of Quincy, died at 2:50 p.m. Monday (April 13, 2015) in his home.
Born May 25, 1918 in Quincy, George was the son of Gustave P. and Louise Graber Burmeyer. He married Claire Henderson on August 24, 1947 in Peoria, Illinois. She preceded him in death on November 26, 2006.
Mr. Burmeyer served his country as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army during WW II. He was wounded in action in France on February 19, 1945 and was awarded a Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
As therapy for his wounds, George began playing table tennis and became very good, winning Quincy's Table Tennis Championships in 1981 and 1982. Also an avid golfer, George was a longtime member of Springlake Country Club. He was honored by being selected to hit the first drive on the newly renovated golf course when it reopened on May 3, 2014.
An active member of Luther Memorial Church, George was also a member and Past Master of Herman Masonic Lodge No. 39, a Thrice Potent Master in the Lodge of Perfection from 1958 -1960, Most Wise Master in the Quincy Chapter Rose Croix from 1968-1970, Commander in Chief of Quincy Consistory from 1975-1977 and Quincy High Twelve Club No. 40 where he served for many years as Secretary. George was elected to receive thehighest award in Masonry, the 33rd Degree on September 27, 1967 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. George honored countless numbers of deceased Masonic Brethren by serving as Master, Chaplain and Secretary for Masonic Services.
George began his career with Irwin Paper Company on February 1, 1937. He served in many roles throughout his career and retired as Vice President on July 1, 1983.
Survivors include a son, George P. Burmeyer Jr. (Lori) of Santa Rosa, CA; and two grandchildren, Patrick Burmeyer and Hannah Burmeyer both of Santa Rosa, CA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
George was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Claire; a son, Marc Linden Burmeyer; and four sisters, Grace Burmeyer, Ruth Knoblock, Helen Lageman and Florence Bennett.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 in Luther Memorial Church by Pastor Tony Metz and Pastor Mark Boster. Burial with Military Honors by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Quincy Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home. Herman Masonic Lodge No. 39 will conduct Masonic Services at 6:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Luther Memorial Church Kriger Scholarship Fund or Good Samaritan Home.