Robert L. "Burgie" Burghdoff

Robert L. BurghdoffAge 77, passed away November 3, 2012.  He was born October 17, 1935, in Lansing, to Lloyd and Ruby Burghdoff.  Bob graduated from Eastern High School, and joined the military, serving in the U.S. Marines.  He then became a firefighter with the Lansing Fire Department, working for 27 years, retiring as Captain in 1989.

Surviving are:  his wife, Jan; 4 children, Randy (Molly) Burghdoff of Lansing, Connie (Dale) Willis of Flint, Steven (Donna) Burghdoff of Lansing, and Cindy (Mark) Cosgrove of Ovid; step-daughter, Sheryl Rouseau of Florida; 6 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Roger (Lois) Burghdoff of Ft. Worth, TX; sister, Karen Burghdoff of Lansing; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Myrna Montgomery.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Grace Bible Church, 1000 S. Canal Rd., Lansing.  The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the memorial service.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Breslin Cancer Center in memory of Robert Burghdoff.  Online condolences may be left for the family at www.

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don and tammy
November 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm

miss you bob. R.I.P ILL SEE YOU AGAIN

Lou & Robin Baker
November 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

With a kind and gentle spirit, Bob touched people everywhere he traveled. Thinking of Bob will always put a smile on our faces, and we hope those who knew Bob will carry on his special legacy of caring, sharing and helping anyone he could. Jan, we are sending you our love and hugs, along with our thanks for sharing Bob with us and your Travel World family. Lou & Robin Baker

Tony and Deb Mannor
November 6, 2012 at 5:35 am

We are so sorry for your loss.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Independence Commons /Staff
November 6, 2012 at 7:25 am

Fireman Bob, we all will miss you. Your wonderful personally, and especially the time you took to stop and say hi. Riding your bicycle all around the community, i got so i looked forward to your return from the south to see you riding your bike and having a great conversation with you.
Love you both Bob and Jan
Joe and Sherrie

Frank & Lynn Neri
November 6, 2012 at 8:05 am

What a sweet Man, such a gentle and caring Soul. We cherish our memories and interaction with Bob. He will me missed by so many people. He definitely leaves a large hole in the environment @ Travel World. We wish Jan and Bob’s family solace in the loss of his beautiful presence.

Bryon/Nancy Newbury
November 6, 2012 at 8:08 am

Jan-our sincere condolances to you and your family-I have many fond memories of Bob here at travel world/he was a true gentleman and friend/always willing to lend a helping hand/you have much to be proud of Jan–we loved you and Bob–Bryon/Nancy Newbury/Travel World

Mike and Beryl Stott
November 6, 2012 at 8:31 am

Dear Jan & Family
We are so sorry for your loss. We’ve only known Bob for a few years but it felt like a life time. Such a warm,caring and compassionate man. Our Travel World family will never be the same without him there to give guidance and support to his friends. We are honored to have had his friendship.
On the light side, I will never be able to look at my pink leggings again and not have the visual of Bob wearing them to be our Tinker Bell in our show. Thank you Bob. To each of us you were someone special.
With a heavy heart we say Goodbye my Friend.

Russ Blinco & Claire Capistran
November 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

Dear Jan, Please accept our sincerest condolences. Bob was a highly considered gentleman in the Travel World RV Park. He was always calm, honest and fair, no matter how difficult the situation became. I enjoyed working with him on the Board of Directors of the St-Petersburg Shuffleboard League. He was a great President and highly thought of by all the Team representatives. Because of his easy-going demeanour, he made my job as Secretary an easy one. Bob will be long remembered by all. Jan, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these difficult times. Love, Russ & Claire (November 6th, 2012) 30 rue des Rossignols, Venise-en-Quebec, QC, Canada J0J 2K0 (514) 907-4787

James and Patricia Abare
November 6, 2012 at 9:21 am

Dear Jan, please accept our sincerest condolences. Bob was one of a kind. Always there when he was needed, always mild mannered, always friendly to everyone.
His absence at Travel World will be gravely felt by all. We all have many fond memories of him and he will be remembered always as the very special person he was.
May GOD Bless

Allan&Verna Doucette
November 6, 2012 at 9:54 am

Dear Jan, Please accept our sincere condolences. We will surely miss Bob,s presences at Travel world, His smiling face and He was always glad to see you when ever he met you. He was a very special person and we are greatful that he became our friend. We will always remember him as Bingo Bob. May He Rest in Peace.

Jerry & Martha Hartline
November 6, 2012 at 10:42 am

So sorry for your loss – Travel World will not be the same without him

Alex & Doreen McGlennan
November 6, 2012 at 11:04 am

Dear Jan, our sincerest sympathy to you and your family in this tragic loss. Bob was so special, caring and kind, always busy helping others, but still able to find time to share a word and a laugh. He was very generous with his time at TravelWorld and certainly went the extra mile to make us feel welcome there. He will be sorely missed by everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family at this sad time. Thanks for everything Bob, God Bless.

Gary & Pat Gartshore
November 6, 2012 at 11:42 am

Dear Jan, we were so sad to hear of Bob’s passing. Our sincerest sympathy is extended to you and your family. Throughout our years at Travel World, Bob’s energy and willingness to help in any way he could inspired others to volunteer also. Travel World has lost another special friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Former resident of Lot 305.

The Jarvis Family
November 6, 2012 at 12:13 pm

We are sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences.

Joe, Theresa, Kris, Mary, Dawn, Angie & John

Bob & Sylvia Taylor
November 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Please accept our condolences on Bob’s passing.

He was well loved and respected by all of us at Travel World and will be missed every day.

Kathleen Cole
November 6, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Dear Jan,
Everyone here at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg is thinking of you and were saddened by the lose of Bob. He was a wonderful and caring man, who will be missed by all who knew him. Peace be to his memory. Your friend in Chirst, Kathy.

November 6, 2012 at 3:19 pm

We think of you and we`re sure he`s gone take care of you from heaven.

Barry&Lori White
November 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Dear Jan, we are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob was a great friend and a very special guy. His smile and happy demeanor leaves a lasting impression on everyone who knew him. We’ll all miss him dearly.

Barb Rowe and Sue Mccrossin
November 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Please accept our sincere condolences on Bob’s passing. He was one of the most special fellows at Travel World!! He will be greatly missed by everyone not only for his many contributions but for being such a kind and gentle man.Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jan and your family.

George & Marion Koppens
November 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Dear Jan: We are very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a friend to all. If a helping hand was needed Bob was right there. Bob was one of the first people that we met when we first arrived at Travel World. Bob will be missed very much. Jan, take care of yourself. Our thoughts are with you at this time. George & Marion Ontario Canada

Tony & Phyllis Dunn
November 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

Dear Jan<
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Bob was a great guy who enjoyed life and the company of other people. He would always stop for a chat and a chuckle. He will truly missed.Take care and God bless

Bonnie and Jim Cassidy
November 7, 2012 at 7:56 pm

We will miss Bob dearly, especially at the shuffling. He was so encoraging and was a great leader to us. Our prayers will be for Jan and family at this difficult time.

November 8, 2012 at 8:47 am


George & Mary May
November 8, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Dear Jan and Family,
We are shocked and certainly so saddened by Bob’s passing.
We have so many pleasant thoughts and memories of Bob during our years together at Travel World. We’ll all miss him passing on the bike and our many chats together. His contribution to the Park will be surely missed by all of us.
Our thoughts are with you, Jan. We’re thinking of you.

Bill & Barb Austin
November 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Our condolences to you & your family. Bob was one of the nicest men I have ever known. He will always be remembered at TW as he was the backbone of this park. He was respected by all who had the privilege to know him. We will miss him greatly.


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