Obituary of Joseph Anthony Burgard Jr. |

Obituary of Joseph Anthony Burgard Jr.

Joseph Anthony Burgard Jr. of Sierra City, California, passed away surrounded by his family on April 30, 2016, in Grass Valley, California.

He was born on June 18, 1934, in Los Angeles, to Joseph Sr. and Anne Burgard, he was the fourth of six children. Joe earned his Eagle Scout Rank in 1952 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 1958. Later, he worked at Aerojet General in Sacramento as a rocket engineer, and held management positions for several manufacturing firms.

In 1974, he purchased Valmont Corporation (aka Aaburco Inc.) a light manufacturing business in Grass Valley. It produced tabletop restaurant equipment including the CHEFMASTER Food Cutter and the PIEMASTER Turnover Machine. It also provided local metal polishing and electroplating.

Joe was an early adopter of computers and local area networking in the 1980’s, e-commerce in the 1990’s, and co-owner of Mrs. Doublebee’s Pasties in Grass Valley. He sold his business in 2004, retiring to Sierra City where he enjoyed hiking, kayaking, taking photos, and working in his shop.

He cherished Frances, his wife of 58 years, and their four children Elizabeth (John) Fulgaro, Daniel (Karen), Gwendolyn (Stanley) Devereux and Jeffrey (Jacqueline.) “Papa Joe” enjoyed sharing movies and the mountains with twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by siblings, Doris (Marvin) Hayes, John (Donna) and Robert (Barbara).

He was preceded in death by Lucille (Howard) Mosbacher and Rosemarie (Anthony) Buffum.

A family memorial service will be held in June.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Immaculate Conception Church, POB 302, Downieville, CA 95936 for the preservation of St. Thomas Church in Sierra City.

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