A memorial service for Loren Wesley Burger, 80, of Sellersburg, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville. He passed on to join his Lord and Savior Saturday, June 8, at Clark Memorial Hospital, Jeffersonville, following a brief illness.
He was born to Harold and Mable Burger in Fayette County, Iowa, and spent his childhood in Sterling, Ill. Loren moved to Louisville in 1960 and has been a resident of Jeffersonville and Sellersburg for the past 45 years. Loren served honorably as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marines, including a tour of duty in Korea. He attended University of Illinois and received his B.S. in accounting from Murray College, now known as Murray State University. He worked as an accountant and construction budget manager for South Central Bell, retiring after 29 years of service.
Loren’s life epitomized servant leadership. He served for many years as a volunteer leader in the Lincoln Heritage Council of Boy Scouts of America with the Telephone Pioneers. For more than 40 years, he was an active member, lay leader and elder at First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville. Loren was a devoted husband to Carol (Rhoads) Burger for 53 years and loving father of three grown children. He had a great love for the outdoors and enjoyed camping, backpacking and canoeing. He was a man of great personal integrity and character, always demonstrating love, duty and honor in everything.
He is survived by his wife, Carol (Rhoads) Burger, of Sellersburg; a sister, Wilma (Burger) Mechling, of Sun City, Ariz.; children, Susan Utz and her husband Curt, of Sellersburg, L. Wes Burger Jr. and his wife Leslie, of Starkville, Miss., and Tom Burger, of Sellersburg; and grandchildren, Logan Stone, Alex Utz, Aliya Utz, Justin Burger, Wesley Burger and Ryan Burger.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mable Burger; sisters, Verla Burger and Carol (Burger) Mulnix; and brother, Phillip Burger.
Visitation for friends and family will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Scott Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.