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Earl Joseph Burgardt

Obituary for Earl Joseph Burgardt

December 1, 1926 - September 7, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 90


December 2, 1926 – September 7, 2017

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Earl Joseph Burgardt on 7 September 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, after a swift battle with pancreatic cancer.
Earl was born on 1 December 1926, in Salina, Kansas, to Jacob and Angela (Leiker) Burgardt. He grew up in the Volga German farming community of
Pfeifer, Kansas. As he departed for Germany at age 19, to serve in the Headquarters Detachment of the United States Third Army during World War II, his mother gave him several devotional medals; Earl carried them on his person until his death at age 90.

Earl is survived by Ila, his wife of 41 years; brother, James (Theona) Burgardt of Wichita, Kansas; sister, Mary Ann Gebert of Hays, Kansas;
son, Michael Earl (Carla) Burgardt of Derby, Kansas; grandson, Corey Landon Burgardt of Wichita, Kansas; granddaughter, Misha Danielle Burgardt of Austin, Texas; stepchildren, Terri (Stephan) Klein and Joe Radcliff of San Antonio, Texas; and step granddaughter, Natalie Klein of Frederick, Maryland.

Earl is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Susan Gail Burgardt and brothers, Edward Burgardt, Norman Burgardt and Nick Arnold.

Earl called San Antonio home since retiring from a rewarding career as an accountant at Boeing in 1993 and relocating with Ila. Although, a Kansan at heart, Earl embraced conjunto music and the Spurs and built strong friendships at his local parish and golf course. In recent years, Earl developed a passionate concern for climate change and the depletion of natural resources and wrote both popes and presidents to support development of alternative energy sources. His friends and family will remember him most for his honesty, strength and reliability.

Earl's life will be celebrated in San Antonio at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, 19 September, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 1416 N. Loop 1604 E., with a reception following at the church. There will be a military graveside service at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach Road, at 1:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Earl's memory to the Center of Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), 2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 550, Arlington, Virginia, 22201 or online at

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2102 North Loop 1604 East
San Antonio, TX 78232
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