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Gerold "Jerry" Burgers

Rock Valley, IA: Gerold “Jerry” Burgers, 78, of Rock Valley, Iowa died Sunday, May 30, 2021 at Whispering Heights in Rock Valley. Memorial services will be held Monday, June 7, at 1:30 PM at Pioneer United Methodist Church of Rock Valley with Pastor Jim Sweers officiating. Military rites will follow the service at the church. Visitation, with the family present, will be held Sunday, June 6, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Porter Funeral Home of Rock Valley.    Gerold Willis Burgers, the son of Weber and Jane (Van Oort) Burgers, was born January 26, 1943 in Perkins Corner, Iowa. Jerry graduated from Rock Valley Community School in 1961. He attended Northwestern College majoring in elementary education and playing football and baseball. Jerry married Glenda Cannegieter on June 5, 1965 in Rock Valley. He joined the National Guard in 1967 and was activated in May of 1968. He was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado and served in Vietnam from December of 1968 through November of 1969 as part of a Company 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry.    Jerry taught school and coached football and girls basketball at Dunlap Community School from 1970-1979. In May of 1979, Jerry went to work for Van Zee Enterprises as the dispatcher. He became the plant manager in December of 1997. Jerry was elected to the Rock Valley City Council in 1987. He was past president of the summer rec board. Jerry was a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He served as Quartermaster of the VFW and received the Governors Volunteer Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award signed by President Obama in 2015. Jerry was a member of the Pioneer United Methodist Church, where he was a past chairperson of the Ad Council, past Lay Leader and past Lay Speaker since 1984. He was a member of the Iowa Conference Committee on Higher Education and Campus Ministry, member of the Rock Valley Community School Foundation, and past member of the Rock Valley Community School Advisory Council.    Jerry played amateur baseball in the Northwest Iowa league, the Sioux Empire League, and the Western Iowa League until the age of 45. He assisted the football coaching staff in the press box and was the scoreboard operator at basketball games for many years.    Jerry is survived by his wife, Glenda of Rock Valley; daughters, Rachel (Deric) Langenhorst of Larchwood, Iowa, Sara (Michael Bruhn) Shuey of George, Iowa, and Leah (Dan) Beatty of Little Rock, Iowa; grandchildren, Alex, Mason, and Ella Langenhorst, Haylee (Collin) Harthoorn, Devin Burgers, Kyle Shuey, Wyatt, Whitney, Wynona, and Wyleigh Steenhoven, and Cheyenne Beatty; great-grandchildren, Kolten Petersen, Madelyn, Meredith, Kennedy Harthoorn, and Emma Steenhoven; sister, Wanda Burgers of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; sister-in-law, LuAnn Burgers of Humboldt, Iowa; nieces; and a nephew.    He was preceded in death by his parents, Weber and Jane; brother, Conrad; and nephew, David Miller.  Service Program Click to download / open


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Glenda, I am so very sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. I don't know how many people in Dunlap would remember or even know that yours and Jerry's first family actually began with Danny Kline and myself. You were both mine and Danny's pseudo parents and our lifeline during some very hard times in our lives. My love and condolences to you and your entire family. God bless both you Glenda and Jerry for every other child that you both helped in their lives.

Gale Rockwell Jun 10 2021 1:11 AM

I remember Mr Burgers as a teacher and coach at Dunlap Community High. He was a friendly and helpful to all who needed him. So sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers to Glenda and his entire family.

Cathy Bonsall Ingram Jun 9 2021 11:44 PM

He was a teacher and coach of mine. Loved him, he helped or shall I say tried to help me with free throws. He was very patient with me. He was just an all around great guy. Sorry to hear of his passing.

Linda (Lipichok)Kirk Jun 9 2021 10:54 PM

I had Jerry as a teacher in Dunlap. So sorry to hear of his passing.
Prayers to the family.

Pam (Baldwin) Ungrad Jun 9 2021 10:21 PM

Hi Glenda,I'm so sorry to read this,hugs to you and your family my friend, would love to see you sometime ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗

Cathy Murphy Jun 9 2021 9:11 PM

I was so sad to see this. I knew him well when he taught and coached in Dunlap years ago. My thoughts go out to his family.

Terry Frazier Jun 9 2021 9:05 PM

Glenda and girls, so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Praying you all are remembering the good times and finding strength in those memories. He was a great guy!Darla (Boeve) Vander Wilt

Darla Vander Wilt Jun 3 2021 12:00 AM

I got the blessing of being involved in many church events alongside Jerry. I sang in the church choir with him, served turkey along side him and the men of the church for their annual thanksgiving dinner, was in his Sunday school class. He will be sorely missed! Love and blessings to the whole family!

Craig Chingren-Hamann Jun 2 2021 12:00 AM

As a boy, I was blessed to have Jerry's parents as neighbors. Web found my first car and made it driveable and a classic; a 1957 Chevrolet. Jerry is 5 years younger than I.I am so sorry for his loss. Rock Valley is better because of Jerry.

Jim Vugteveen Jun 1 2021 12:00 AM