2018-07-11 / Obituaries

Raymond Burghart

Raymond C. Burghart, 78, of Tompkins, passed away on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at home, following a long illness.

Raymond was born April 2, 1940 in Walton, the son of the late Robert and Christina (Budine) Burghart. He was a graduate of Walton High School. He first worked as a surveyor for many years and later as a tool and dye maker at Del-Met in Walton. He also made many things of wood, like tables and other things for people over the years. He took pride in his work, whatever the job and always did his best. He was a member of the Walton Vets Club, and the Club Royale Oasis.

Ray enjoyed working in his veggie and posie gardens. His greatest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved his doctors at the Cancer Institute at FoxCare and his family would like to thank everyone for the outstanding care he received.

Ray is survived by his loving family, children Peggy (Ken) Grimsley of Maryland; Thomas Burghart of North Carolina; Richard Simpson of Walton; Janice (Josh) Garcia of Virginia Beach; Tina (Jack) Kokoszka of Walton and Raymond Burghart Jr.; grandchildren Ashlie, Sierra, Richard III, Cortney, Christina, Tiffany, Brianna, Chelsey, Kenzie, Dallas, Zoey and Jersey; greatgrandchildren Victor, Landon, Elizabeth; brothers Robert and Rita Burghart of Michigan; Janice and Richard Hoag of Otego; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.

He was predeceased by his son, Pat Burghart, granddaughter, Kaitlyn Simpson, former wife and mother of his children, Geraldine Rose, and significant other, Suzy DeVost.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend Street, Walton where services will be held at 1. Burial will follow in the Walton Cemetery, 55 Fancher Avenue, Walton.

Memorial contributions in Ray’s memory may be made to Bassett Cancer Institute, 1 Foxcare Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 1 Marcus Blvd., Suite 104, Albany, NY 12205. Condolences to the family may be made online at

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