Robert D. Burgess, 91, died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Thornwald Home in Carlisle.
He was a former resident of South Middleton Township, and before that lived for more than half a century in Mt. Holly Springs.
He taught science and geography for 37 years at Mechanicsburg Junior High School and Mechanicsburg Area Intermediate School, retiring in 1988.
Mr. Burgess served on Mt. Holly Springs Borough Council in the 1990s. He was a former member of Mt. Holly Springs Civic Association and the Amelia S. Givin Free Library Board.
He was born April 19, 1926, in Rochester, Pa., to the late Raymond and Mary (Davis) Burgess.
Mr. Burgess joined the Navy in 1943 and served mostly in the Pacific Ocean during World War II.After three years of Navy service he returned to Aliquippa High School. He earned his diploma in 1947, then, thanks to the G.I. Bill,enrolled at Shippensburg State Teachers College, graduating in 1951.
That same year hemarried another SSTC student, Carolyn Mills. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary about a year before her death in 2002.
They are survived by two sons, Fredric Burgess of Carlisle and James (Teri) Burgess of Dillsburg; a grandson, Benjamin(Rana) Burgess, of London, England; and a great-grandson, Noah Burgess, of London.
Mr. Burgess also is survived by two brothers, George “Ned” Burgess of San Francisco and Donald “Pete” Burgess of Patterson Heights, Pa., and two sisters, Mary Louise Vaughn of Beaver, Pa., and Karen Hardy of New Brighton, Pa.
Mr. Burgess was preceded in death by four brothers, William Burgess, Ray Burgess, John Burgess and James “Murphy” Burgess, and a sister, Edith “Sis” Strosnider.
A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Hollinger Funeral Home& Crematory, 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs. Visitation begins at 10 a.m.