Joseph Theadore Burgert~~~1920-2001 The Ponca City News January 26, 2001 Submitted by: Robert Awalt
Joe Burgert, longtime Ponca City resident, died Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2001 at his home. He was 80.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. John J. Michalicka, pastor, presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery under the direction of Trout Funeral Home.
Joe was born Oct. 18, 1920, in Foss, Okla., the son of Leopold and Josephine (Merz) Burgert. He entered the U. S. Navy in May 1942 and served primarily aboard the battleship USS Washington during World War II. He was discharged in August of 1945.
After graduating from the Fort Smith Auction School in Fort Smith, Ark., Joe came to Ponca City and established Ponca Furniture Auction. In 1950, he married Nina Cook in Booneville, Ark. They made their home in Ponca City and continued to own and operate the real estate and furniture auction company. Joe retired in 1988 after 40 years. Following his retirement, he continued to work at flea markets. Nina preceded him in death Jan. 8, 2001.
Joe was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the American Legion. During the last years, he developed an interest in computers.
He is survived by two brothers, George and John Burgert, both of Foss; two grandchildren, Melanie Playford of Ponca City and Josh McMahan of the home; and one great-grandchild. Additional survivors include three stepsons, Danny Bright of Missouri, Lloyd Bright of Tonkawa, and Ronnie Bright Sr. of Carrolton, Ky.; and one stepdaughter, Norma Spratt of Waverly, Tenn.; 12 step-grandchildren; and several step, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Nina; his parents; a daughter, Linda Waller, and two sisters, Sister Mary Burgert and Sister Justine Burgert.
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