J. Vincent (Vince) Burg

Chelsea, Michigan

At age 89, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was born on January 16, 1930 in Chelsea, Michigan, the son of J. Vincent I. and Mary A. (Spirnagle) Burg. Vince was the youngest of seven children, having six older sisters.

Vince attended St. Mary Catholic School through the 8th grade and graduated from Chelsea High School in 1947. He graduated from Ferris Institute’s (now Ferris State University) School of Pharmacy in 1952, passed the state board exams for licensing as a pharmacist in the State of Michigan and was promptly drafted. He was inducted into the United States Army and saw action in the Korean War, serving in the 47th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) with the Medical Corps.

Vince returned to Chelsea to work at the Chelsea Pharmacy, and also part-time at the Mercywood Sanitarium in Ann Arbor. It was at Mercywood where Vince met his wife to be, Shirley Ann Tuckey, from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. She was a registered nurse and was in charge of the pharmacy. They wed on August 18, 1956 and raised six children.

During his lifetime, Vince was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3092, where he was a 3rd and 4th Degree Knight, the Chelsea Junior Chamber of Commerce, the American Legion, the Chelsea Village Council, and the Jackson County Pharmacy Association, being name Pharmacist of the Year in 1971. Vince was also a Charter Board Member and Lifetime member of the Waterloo National History Association.

Vince retired from Weatherwax Pharmacy in Jackson, MI in 1996 after 32 years of employment. He then worked as a part time pharmacist for 14 more years for Chelsea Pharmacy and Dan Murphy, who interned under Vince in the mid-1950s.

Vince, with his wife Shirley, enjoyed traveling by camper and R.V. throughout the United States and Canada with his family as they were growing up, and bicycling with Shirley and friends, Jeannie and Andy Ford, through Austria, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands in retirement. Vince was a lifelong deer hunter and lover of the outdoors, relishing the days spent at the family hunting camp in Northern Michigan. He was an avid reader in later years and was a frequent participant in local history events at the Chelsea District Library. Vince also enjoyed working out weekly at the Chelsea Wellness Center. 

Vince was preceded in death by his parents and sisters Mary Jane Lanning-Morey, Lou Guirey, Angeline Foster, Gretchen Spaulding, Virginia Rowe.

Vince is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children Gregg (Laurie) Burg, Diane (Fernando) Nieves, David Burg, Brian Burg, Kristi (Gary) Ragland, and Rob Burg; grandchildren, Arielle and Jacob Burg, and Ana (Bree) and Katherine (Katie) Nieves; his sister, Pat Dietz, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral Mass will take place Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m from St. Mary Catholic Church Chelsea, MI. Burial will take place at Mt. Olivet Cemetery Chelsea, MI. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. 

Contributions can be made to Waterloo Nature Center, or St. Louis Center.  

Arrangements by Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home, Chelsea, MI.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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