William Burget, 90, died peacefully at his home in Duncansville on Saturday. He was born in Altoona, the son of Willam F. and Caroline M. Burget.
Bill is survived by his wife of 69 years, Marjorie J. (Treese) Burget of Duncansville; sister, Joyce Lepore (Dave); daughters: Vicki Laret (Jim) and Christy Rhykerd (Scott); son, William J. Burget; grandchildren: Kari Blake (Neil), Jessica Tryninewski (Josh), Amanda Selvenis (Mike), Jarod Rhykerd, Kaitlin Mathias (Matt), Lucas Laret (Jessica), and Rebekah Kanski (Greg). He was blessed with 15 great-grandchildren: Riley, Maddie, Caleb, Mia, Isaac, Micah, Bentley, Briella, Lincoln, Brynn, Teddy, Ariah, Henry, Rosie, and Heath; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Zachary Rhykerd.
Bill was a 1949 graduate of Altoona High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War aboard the aircraft carrier the USS Essex. Bill loved growing up in South Altoona’s Knickerbocker neighborhood, where he met and married, as he would say, “the prettiest girl in South Altoona” Marjorie Jean Treese in 1952. After his military service he returned to the area with his family in 1955. He worked at Bell Telephone, retiring in 1992, after 35 years of service. He will be remembered by all as a devoted husband, loving father, amazing grandfather and a kind and generous friend to so many.
His unforgettable story-telling and incredible sense of humor will live on in the memories of those who knew and loved him. He enjoyed planting his garden and sharing his tomatoes every summer. He loved the river at his cottage, where he enjoyed fishing with his son, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. His favorite retirement spots were the donut shop with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and Inlow’s with Margie for breakfast. Above all, his generosity was legendary; whether it was his time, his money, the food he was enjoying, or an extra bag of dog food. Bill will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by so many. The best way to honor his memory would be to reach out and make a stranger your friend.
Family and friends will be received from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2022, at The Good Funeral Home Inc. 108 Alto Reste Park, Altoona. A funeral service will take place immediately following, with Pastor Tom Kurtz officiating. Burial will take place at Alto Reste Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bill’s name may be made to Hollidaysburg Rescue Mission or Jacob’s Way in Cresson.