Thomas Burgin

Thomas Lee Burgin

Thursday, January 25th, 1945 Monday, January 13th, 2020

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Obituary for Thomas Lee Burgin

Andover – Burgin Sr, Thomas Lee
Thomas Lee Burgin Sr., 74, passed away January 13th, 2020. He was born January 25th 1945 to Lloyd C. and Charlotte (Marcear) in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was raised in Tulsa and later attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha. A year after graduating in 1967, he trained under Joel Yarborough at the Enid Woodring Airport, where he earned his licenses as a trainer and commercial pilot. He worked at Enid’s Woodring Airport, as a civilian trainer of U.S Air Force pilots in the T-37 trainers for Vance Air Force Base until the end of the Vietnam War.

Tom lived most of his life in Oklahoma and Florida until he moved to the Wichita area to work for Flight Safety. Tom's passion was flying and was able to turn that passion into his career. Tom worked as a private pilot and flew for American Eagle then retired from Flight Safety in 2014. He was a “Parrothead” and enjoyed photography, woodworking, fly fishing and being a part time comedian. He was the original founder of the Enid Soccer Club in the 1980’s. He was an avid sailor and was a member of the Walnut Valley Sailing Club. He also loved to travel and his greatest adventure was when he took his children to England and France.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years Carole Burgin; three children Angela Holt, Barbara Burgin and Thomas Burgin, Jr. of Oklahoma; five grandchildren Avery, Patrick and Joseph Holt and Connor and Savannah Burgin of Oklahoma; brother Terry (Cathy) of Wagoner, Oklahoma; two step children Jodi Rosenberry and Jason Rosenberry (Tracy); two step grandchildren, Taylor and Joshua Rosenberry. His funeral will be on Monday the 20th at 2:00pm at Smith Mortuary, Derby. Burial will follow at Andover Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established with the Kansas Aviation Museum, 3350 George Washington Blvd, Wichita, KS 67210.

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  • Service

    Monday, January 20th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Smith Mortuary, Derby
    1415 North Rock Road
    Derby, Kansas
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    Monday, January 20th, 2020
    Reverend Dr Bruce Fischer
  • Interment

    Andover Cemetery
    2438 N Andover Rd
    Andover, Kansas
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Juanita Burgin

My condolences go out to Thomas’s family. May your happy memories comfort you as you grieve. Nita Burgin
Comment | Posted at 12:50pm via Condolence

Patti Qualls

I met Tom over 20 yrs ago & had dinner with him twice. We talked on the phone often. He told me he was a pilot & worked at Flight Safety with an old boyfriend of mine. Saw where he married within a yr after we met & I married right after he did. My condolences are extended to his family.
Posted at 02:28pm

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