Donald Wayne Burgett

  • Born: January 5, 1933
  • Died: April 18, 2020
  • Location: Franklin, Indiana

Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory - Franklin Township Chapel

5950 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Tel. (317) 783-3653

Tribute & Message From The Family

Donald W. "Don" Burgett passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the age of 87. He was born January 5, 1933 in Indianapolis to the late Cecil A. and Florence R. Burgett, one of six children. A long time resident of Indianapolis, Don graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1951 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He joined St. John Lutheran Church in 1961 where he attended regularly with his wife and children. He was employed as a millwright at Navistar for 30 years before retiring in 1998. A master carpenter, Don enjoyed remodeling his long-time home and helping everyone who requested his assistance. He cherished riding his Honda Helix scooter with his wife and attending Pacers games with her as well. Spending quality time with family and friends was very important to him. Don was described as a "good man" by all who knew him. Don was preceded in death by his grandson, Brandon McIlquham. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Melba M. (Tiemeier) Burgett, and his children: Ricky (Susan) Burgett, Randy (Sherrie) Burgett, Lori McIlquham Patterson, and Lisa (Brian) Perry. He is also survived by grandchildren: Shaun, Justin, Lance (Ashley), Andrew (Erin), Phillip (Alyssa), Rachel, Karly and Kayla, and great-grandchildren: Brennan, Mason, Shyanne, Skylar, Starlett, Laynie, Logan and Vanessa. The family wishes to thank the staff of Otterbein Senior Life Community in Franklin for their loving and compassionate care over the past two and a half years.
A visitation (utilizing social distancing) will be held Wednesday, April 22nd, from 10 A.M.-12 P.M. at St. John Lutheran Church, 6630 Southeastern Avenue, Indianapolis, followed by a funeral service for immediate family. Don will be buried in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood, IN. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John Lutheran Church. Arrangements entrusted to Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service and Crematory-Franklin Township Chapel.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Although I didnt get to be around Randys dad as much as my sisters, he was always welcoming and had such a spiritual and loving spirit about him. He was a gentle soul with a beautiful smile. These are many of the traits I see in his son Randy! God bless this family man who adored his wife and loved his children so much!

Posted by Dee Samyn    April 22, 2020

Don and Melba were our amazing neighbors for 27 years. They were like parents to me as mine lived so far away. In fact, this day has special meaning as my own mother passed away on this day 13 years ago on Earth Day! Don helped with so many things around our home over the years. He could fix and do anything and was always happy to help us. My fondest memory is knowing that we had the most wonderful neighbors! I will always be thankful for the time I had with Don!

Posted by Julia Frazier - 10635 Southeastern Avenue, IN - Neighbor   April 22, 2020

My condolences to the Burgett family. My you find comfort and peace.

Posted by Kristine Koons - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   April 21, 2020

Don inspired Rick and Randy to be the master carpenters they are today. I have never met anyone with more patience than him. My best memory was in the mid 80's when he was always around helping Randy build his current house. He will be missed....

Bob Rose family friend

Posted by Robert Rose - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   April 21, 2020

I truly feel blessed to have known Don. His sweet and gentle ways are inspirational. I see so many of his praiseworthy traits in Randy and his siblings, and I feel Dons spirit will live on in all of them. My sister Sherrie was blessed and fortunate to marry into such a loving family led by such a devoted couple as Don and Melba. Don will be missed by anyone who knew him, and his family will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Suzie Schweitzer - Family   April 21, 2020

Don was a Great Man. He was always there when someone needed help. He was a very hard worker and a good Father. Thanks Don for being someone I looked up too. You will be missed.

Posted by Charles Perry Perry - Indianapolis, IN - Family Friend   April 21, 2020

My husband, Bob, and I have had the privilege of knowing Don Burgett for the past several years. My sister, Sherrie, is Randys wife; and so we were able to spend many special occasions with Don and Melba. Don always treated us like family. When I think of him, I think of his gentle nature and sweet smile. I truly do think he would have given the shirt off his back to anyone who needed a hand! We are terribly sorry about the loss of such an important person in the Burgett family, but I think we all take comfort knowing that this gentle soul is resting in heaven, at peace at last! May God give the family strength at this difficult time. We love you!❤

Posted by Deb Dalley - Friend   April 20, 2020

What a beautiful family and memories, prayers

Posted by Renda Staggs - Mooresville, IN - Neighbor   April 20, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Rick, Randy and family on your loss. I read where your parents were great Pacer fans, which is really neat. We will all unite with the Lord in Heaven someday. Tom and Cindy Angrick

Posted by Tom Angrick - Indianapolis, IN - Friend   April 20, 2020

Family Album

Community Photos

Melba & Don, December 2017
Family Christmas 2017
Always happy to see Melba, even when we woke Don up! August 2018
Margie's birthday party 2017
Burgett siblings 2018

Community Photos

Thanksgiving 2017, with beautiful quilt made by Ann Muncie & friends
Don's 80th birthday
Celebrating Vanessa and Papa's birthdays. January 2020.
celebrating Dad's 80th birthday
I love you Papa! ❤️Karly
Burgett fishing trip 2016

Community Photos

Walking Lori down the aisle, June 2016
Burgett fishing trip 2017
Go Pacers! 2016
Mother's Day 2018
Randy with Mom and Dad

Community Photos

Mother's Day 2018
Celebrating Rick, Randy, Lori, and Lisa's birthdays.
Dad & Mom with Lisa & Brian, Christmas 2017
Birthday celebration. November 2019.
Kayla & Papa, Easter 2017
Dad & Mom with Rick & family 2017

Community Photos

such a wonderful father-in-law! Sherrie & Don, 2018
Burgett siblings & spouses at Vonda & Duane's
Lisa and Dad, 2014
Dad & Mom with grandbaby Starlett, Lori, Lance 2018
Randy visiting February 27, 2020
Burgett family 1996

Community Photos

Don & Melba, wedding day 1957
Burgett fishing trip 2017
Such a loved father-in-law! Don & Susan 2018
Rachel's confirmation, 2007
Dad with Brian & Justin, Lisa & Brian's wedding day
Dad always helping! here at Randy's house

Community Photos

40TH Wedding Anniversary, 1997
with Tiemeier siblings & spouses, 1997
Christmas 2006 with Lori & boys
Great grandchild Mason's 1st birthday, 2006
Christmas 1995

Community Photos

@ Indiana Downs 2015
US Army
Lisa & Brian's wedding
Working on Brian & Lisa's house. Dad ALWAYS wanted to help.
Always enjoyed spending time on the swing.

Community Photos

At the diner, 2017
Always happy!!
Dad playing cards on a houseboat fishing trip.
Vanessa's first meeting.