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October 31, 2012

James Edward DeBurger Ph.D.

86; Jeffersonville

Funeral services for James Edward DeBurger Ph.D., 86, of Jeffersonville, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Legacy Funeral Center, Jeffersonville, with burial in Walnut Ridge Cemetery. He died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

He was born April 26, 1926, in Madison. He remained a resident of Madison from birth to young adulthood. He was a World War II Navy Veteran and served as a Methodist minister in young adulthood. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Louisville, and a master’s and Ph.D in sociology from Indiana University. He was a retired University of Louisville sociology professor and served as department chair. He was the author of books in marriage and family and criminology. He was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Scholarship for his graduate studies. He was a member of the American Legion Jeffersonville Post and the Jeffersonville Evening Optimist Club where he served as president and Lieutenant Governor of Indiana Optimist South District.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Dr. Virginia Hurst, and his loving children from a former marriage to Marie Bolton, Charlotte Riley and her husband, Tom, of August, Ga., Stella Bruner and her husband, Mark, of Madison, Mark DeBurger and his wife, Mary, of Jeffersonville, and Daniel DeBurger, of Clarksville. He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Aaron, Kevin, Stephanie, Sarah, Kristopher, Kenneth, James and Joshua; great grandchildren, Amber, Aaliyah, Avrey, Skylar, Riley, Aaryanna, Kayleigh, Audrey, Vivian and Kolton; and great-great grandchildren, Destani, Zane and Brysan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlotte and Edward DeBurger; two sisters, Mabel and Alice; and six brothers, Victor, Charlie, Murrell, Ralph, Gene and Robert.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, and  9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the Dare to Care or any local food bank. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences to the family can be made at

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