Richard Burgess

November 14, 1945 - February 7, 2023

Service: Private family services will be held. 

Richard Lynn Burgess, age 77, formerly of Canton, SD died Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD after contracting Covid.  Private family services will be held.  Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project or Canton First Baptist Church.

Richard was born on November 14, 1945 in Canton, SD to Herbert and Wava (Hoover) Burgess.  He graduated from Canton High School in 1964.  In 1965 he joined the US Army where he spent some time in Germany.  After his discharge in 1967, he worked for John Morrells & Co until his mental health issues forced him to retire.

Richard was able to cope with his mental health for many years with help from his family and his church family at First Baptist Church in Canton.  As his issues progressed, he eventually required in-patient care.  After several placements did not meet his needs, he found his home at Sunset Manor in Irene, SD.  Richard’s family is grateful for the excellent care he received at Sunset Manor.

Richard loved football, especially the KC Chiefs.  He collected NFL helmets and enjoyed visits and calls from family.  In his younger years, he enjoyed buying a new Cadillac every year.  He was also active in his church.

Grateful for sharing his life are his sisters, Karen Burgess-Gibson (Patrick) and Barb (Warren) Hartland, both of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Layne (Marcia) Burgess, Canton, SD; along with several nieces, nephews, and extended family.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  1. Claude M on February 8, 2023 said:

    I remember Richard very good. He was around the same age
    as my older brothers. Plus my mom & dad were friends with
    his mom & dad. Has been many years since I have seen him
    but remember him as polite & friendly.

  2. Jeanne Epling on February 8, 2023 said:

    A beautiful tribute to Richard. May he Rest in Peace.
    So very sorry for your loss.
    Jeanne Epling

  3. Kathy Keiser on February 9, 2023 said:

    Sorry to hear of your brother’s passing–Pray for your families comfort; hold on to his memories!! May he rest in peace.

  4. Barb on February 10, 2023 said:

    Condolences to your family thoughts and prayers with you.

  5. Linda Thormodsgard on February 10, 2023 said:

    He was such a handsome young man and one of Gods great followers. He was so blessed by his family, especially his caring sisters and he was a blessing to many. I am thankful he was a small part of my life. Prayer for Gods peace for all of you.