Marvin F. Pete Burg
Marvin F. Pete Burg, 81, passed away on the evening of September 22, 2010, surrounded by his family. Pete was born in Medford, Ore., August 12, 1929, the son of George and Annie Burg. He was a graduate of Eagle Point High School. Pete served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps, and was the last surviving engineer on the Medco Logging steam-train. He was a timber faller from the mid-1950s until his retirement.
He served as a Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 18 of Ruch/Applegate, where he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Crater Lake council in 1978, and was a member of the I00F lodge. Pete was a pitcher for the Butte Falls semi-pro baseball team, and occasionally took to the role of his alter ego, Dirty Jake, blowing-up outhouses through the 1970s at area air-shows.
Pete was a proud father and grandfather of St. Mary's athletes, and was also a diehard San Francisco Giants fan. He was an avid skier, hunter, and traveler trekking most recently to Alaska with 42 of his family members, the Amazon, Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and the Grand Ole Opry.' He is remembered by those who loved him for his sourdough breakfasts, his unique verve for life, and as a practitioner of colorful language.
Pete Burg is survived by Joanne, his wife of 51 years; sons, Gary (Julia) and Randy (Carol); and daughters, Marjory Hopper (Ken) and Tracey Padilla (Paul); 12 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. Daughters, Shirley Farias and Kelly Burg; and brothers, Floyd and Glenn preceded him in death.
A potluck celebration of his life will be held at Cantral-Buckley Park on Monday, September 27, 2010, at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary's School (816 Black Oak Dr. Medford, OR, 97504) for scholarships.