Earl William Burger
Earl William Burger
  • June 27, 1937 - January 2, 2018
  • Fresno, California

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Earl William Burger, age 80, of Fresno, CA, passed away on January 2, 2018. Earl was born June 27, 1937 in San Bernardino to George and Leila (Console) Burger. He married the love of his life, Betty Bell, on March 3, 1956. Earl worked hard his entire life beginning with working in his father's Auto Body and Paint shop at the age of 12. He then worked for the National Forestry Department as a fireman, stationed at Cottonwood Pass and Coalinga. Earl went on to work in Auto Body Shops in Fresno and in the Bay area, working his way up to the position of foreman. In 1976 Earl, along with his partner, Larry Buckley, opened his own Auto Body and Paint shop, named Nagares, where he worked until retiring in 1998. He also started a HVAC business by the same name, which is now owned by his son and a grandson.
Earl was an avid hunter and fisherman, spending much of his free time fishing off his boat, and hunting deer and elk in several states. He also enjoyed sharing stories of his childhood and adult life with his children and grandchildren. Earl was looked up to by family, friends, and employees for his words of wisdom, generosity, and commitment to always do the right thing. He passed on these assets, as well as his drive to work hard and be a leader, to his children and grandchildren.Earl is survived by his wife of 60 years, Betty; his two daughters, Susan Williams and her husband Robert, Brenda McReynolds and her husband Robert; his son, Kenny Burger and his wife Yolanda; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Sandra Hearron and Judy Geringer. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, George and Jerry.Visitation will be on Monday, January 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, at Whitehurst Chapel, 1525 E Saginaw Way, Fresno, CA. Also held at the Whitehurst Chapel, a Celebration Service of Earl's life will be held on Tuesday, January 9. Earl will be laid to rest at Fresno Memorial Gardens in a private family service.