Robert Lee Burgardt


Granville, New York – Robert Lee Burgardt, age 69, ended his earthly journey and went to the hands of the Lord on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois, after a brief illness. He was heading to Kansas to meet up with family whom he hadn’t seen in 30 or more years.

He was born in Hays, Kansas, on July 4, 1952, the son of Eugene and Stella M. (Speier) Burgardt.

Robert was a machinist in Wichita, Kansas, for several companies and later moved to New York. He worked at Finch Pruyn for several years before moving to Rutland, Vermont, where he worked at several machine shops before retirement.

He was a handyman to many people in Granville who will miss him, as will members of the South Granville Congregational Church.

Robert enjoyed shooting bow and arrow for fun, fishing, gardening, collecting coins and stamps and panning for gold. Robert quit school and joined the Army during the Vietnam War.

On May 24, 2013, Robert was awarded a Vietnam War Veteran Honorary High School Diploma from Granville High School. After a speech he received a standing ovation, bringing many to tears.

He will be missed by many, especially his best friend Frank Pekar, special friends Ken and Kathy Hayward who looked after him like a brother and Helen Macura who always said, “I enjoy helping him in any way I can as it brings back memories of my brothers.” The Frost family considered him part of their family, and his step-kids always said and still say, “He is the best!”

Robert was predeceased by his loving wife Jean Evelyn Fredette of 27 years, who passed on her birthday in April 2015 at the age of 60; his father Eugene Burgardt; his mother Stella Erbert; a brother Mike Burgardt; a sister Lesia M. Batemon; and both maternal and paternal grandparents.

Left to cherish his memory are his two daughters Nicole Deal of Russellville, Arkansas, and Robin Wood (Christopher) of Winfield, Kansas. He was blessed with five granddaughters, Brianna Deal and Kaeleah Gideon of Arkansas and Sophia, Nina, and Isabella of Kansas. He also is survived by two brothers, Clifford Burkardt and Dennis Erbert of Kansas, and three sisters, Donna (Lee) Smith of Wichita, Kansas, Betty (Jim) Frost of Granville, New York, and Anna (Steve) Buhl of Colby, Kansas. He will also be missed by his niece Ashley Parker with whom he was particularly close, as well as many other nieces and nephews.

Robert was buried at the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, per his request, on Wednesday, July 20, with full military honors.

All preparations were completed by the Robert M. King Funeral Home of Granville.

Donations may be made in Robert’s memory to the Haynes House of Hope, 7187 State Route 149, Granville, NY 12832, or to the Pember Library, 33 W. Main St., Granville, NY 12832.

There will be a luncheon to celebrate Robert’s life at the South Granville Congregational Church on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m.