James Richard Burgoon, born January 2nd, 1930, passed away peacefully on June 19th, 2019.
He is preceded in death by Joanne whom he married in 1953; by his parents Ruth B. & Charles (Patrick) Burgoon, his aunt: Edith Benton of Toledo; and several cousins and many friends.
James was a lifelong resident of Westerville, graduating from Westerville High School in 1948. After High School, James went on to serve in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War from 1951 to 1953. After his time in the Army, James went on to study at Franklin University, where he graduated in 1959. James then worked at Franklin University for 30+ years where he became the Vice President of Finance.
James was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Westerville, where he was baptized.
James was active in Masonry having served twice as Master of Blendon Lodge #339, Past Illustrations Master of Zabud Council #99, and Past High Priest of Horeb Chapter #3- all of Westerville. He was a 33⁰ Mason. He was a Commander-in-Chief of Scioto Consistory-Scottish Rite and a member of Mt. Vernon Commandery. He was a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, Order of the Silver Trowel, Order of High Priesthood and Red Cross of Constantine. He was also a member of the first class of Arch Adjutants of the Grand Council of Ohio. He was member of the Columbus Maennerchor and a past Chancellor, Knights of Pythicas.
Friends may call 6 to 8 PM Tuesday, June 25th, 2019 at Hill Funeral Home, 220 S. State Street, Westerville where services will be held at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, June 26th, 2019. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in James’ memory to the Frasch Scholarship Fund, Franklin University Office of Advancements, 201 S. Grant Ave., Columbus Ohio 43215; or Make A Wish Foundation, or the charity of your choice.