Robert Clayton Burgess

Robert Clayton Burgess

Robert Clayton Burgess, 92, of Gordon, Neb., died Oct. 11, 2017, at Highland Park Care Center in Alliance, Neb.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1925, at Hyannis, Neb., to Harry and Anna (Becker) Burgess.

Bob attended grade school at the Donley place later graduating from Ashby High School in 1942.  Bob and his brothers and sisters grew up on the home ranch south of Ashby.  He ranched for a number of years with his brothers.  Around the age of 12, his Dad had taught the boys how to be good cowboys roping and riding horses.  Bob also had success calf roping and was very proud of the belt buckles he had won.  He loved rodeoing with his brother Bernard and good friend, Sid Cotton.

On Jan. 26, 1968, Bob was united in marriage to Huldah Phillips in Rapid City, S.D.  They moved to the Anderson place south of Ashby where they lived many years.  Later they purchased the farm south of Gordon and lived there until Huldah passed away in 2012. Bob then moved to Highland Park in Alliance until his death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Anna, his 3 brothers, Ed, Bernard and Billy, his 4 sisters, Hazel, Polly, Katie and Frances, his nephew, Bill, his son, Eddy, his sons-in-law, Jeff Hinton and Floyd Carr, his nieces, Barbara and Debbie, grandson, Sid Phillips and great-grandson, Ben Max.

Survivors include his step-children, Gloria Hinton, Sandy Carr and Marvin Phillips, his grandchildren, Brett Hinton of Burwell, Bartt and Kathy Hinton of Konawa, Okla., Bradd and Christy Hinton of Seminole, Okla., Tena and Doug Burch of Ravenna, Kelly and Mike Max of Burwell, Robin and Denny Brockman of Burwell, Kim and Justin Eggers of Alliance, Rona and Eric Armstrong of Alliance, Monty and Sheena DeBoer of Grand Island, Tami and Vaughn Toof of Alliance, Traci Phillips and Justin Phillips of Gordon, Sami Phillips of Paxton and many great-grandchildren, his sister-in-law, Ruth Burgess and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 13 at 10 a.m. at the Bates-Gould Chapel with Greg Carter officiating.  Burial will be in the Gordon Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. with Pastor Bob Townsend officiating.

Memorials may be given to the Tri-State Old Time Cowboys Memorial Museum in Gordon.

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