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Obituary: Ronald L. Burgess

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Ronald L. Burgess, 73, died October 16, 2016, at his home in Roatan, Honduras.

He was born September 6, 1943, in Newark, New York, to Howard and Dorothy (Garlock) Burgess and was raised in Port Gibson, New York, on the old Erie Canal. He graduated from Newark High School in 1961 and attended Paul Smith’s College in the Adirondacks, majoring in forestry.

In the mid-1960s Ron served in Vietnam with the Seabees, the U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalion 9. Following his tours of duty, he moved to Anacortes, Washington, where he worked as a land surveyor.

Moving to Montana in the early 1970s, he founded and operated Survco, Inc., a land surveying firm in Bozeman. After selling this business after nearly 20 years, he established Mountain Valley Properties, a real estate business in Bozeman. He moved to Honduras in 2006.

He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman, which took him on trips to British Columbia and Alaska.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Gary Burgess and Dan Burgess; wives, Sandra (Love) Burgess and Judy (Nesbit) Burgess; and his Vietnam buddy, Ken Youngsman.

He is survived by his wife, Sheree (Matute); children, Amy (Aaron) Smith, Gary Burgess, Greg (Kelli) Burgess, and Brandy (Robert Gauna) Burgess; step-daughter, Kim Marchwick; and eight grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation on his behalf.

Private family graveside services will be held in the Gallatin Valley.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.  www.dokkennelson.com

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