James F. Burgin

  • Born: December 24, 1946
  • Died: April 17, 2016
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544

Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

James Francis Burgin age 69 of Centerville, Iowa, died Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the VA Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, from a heart condition and pulmonary fibrosis.

He was born the son of Carl and Eleanor Burgin on December 24, 1946. He attended school in Webster City, Iowa.

He married Diane Caquelin and to this union their daughter, Kelly Lenz was born. They later divorced.

He loved fishing, golf and repairing computers. He was gifted with the ability to form relationships with elderly people.

He had several occupations including truck driver, service manager at a car dealership, salesman, and craftsman.

Jim adored his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. He was so unselfish in his love and constant gifts to his family that he would have given the last shirt off his back.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, Carl H. Burgin; his great granddaughter, Mckinley Breese; and stepsons, Jeff and Greg Caquelin and their mother, Diane Burgin.

He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Lenz (Mike), three granddaughters: Heather Lear {Kenny}, Holly Hilty (Dennis Carroll), Halley Breese (Tanner), and 8 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Eleanor Burgin, and four siblings: Judy Rush, Terry Burgin (Barbara), Dennis Burgin (Carole), and Vicky Habben (Monty) in addition to several nieces and nephews.

A visitation will take place on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa, with the family greeting friends from 6-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, April 30, 2016 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 828 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544 with Father Bill Hubmann officiating. A luncheon will be served in the Marian Hall at St. Mary's following mass. Memorials have been established to the family of James Burgin and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am honored and blessed to have known Jim. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. His smile was contagious and he was always a pleasure to be around. He made me laugh for hours with his fantastic joke telling ability. He was a true gem.
My sincere condolences go out to Eleanor and all of Jim's family. My God bless you all.

Jim McConville

Posted by Jim McConville - Centerville, IA - Friend   April 22, 2016

Goodbye ,to a good friend and a good man . I will miss you Jim . May God Bless you .

Posted by Thomas Sheston - Centerville, IA - Friend   April 22, 2016

I went to high school with Jim and graduated in 1966. we had many memories of high school. Please accept my condolences.

Posted by Kendra Ewen Sabol - Cave Creek, AZ - Classmate   April 22, 2016

The memories I have of sleep overs in the apartment above the Seymour square, fried egg sandwiches and diet pepsis in the freezer--even if we didn't get them out before they froze and exploded in the freezer Jim never raises his voice. He was a good dad and loved Kelly more than ever. Always saw him with his mom . .. what a good son. You will be missed.

Posted by Angela Stufflebeam - Moravia, IA - Friend   April 21, 2016

To Jim's family, prayers being said by many of his 1966 classmates. Jim was a good friend to many in school. As we all lost touch with him, it sounds like he's had a good life with kids, grandkids. Gone too soon, may good memories ease your loss.

Posted by Becky Kepler - Webster City, IA - Classmate   April 21, 2016

Sorry to here of Jim's passing. Going to miss him

Posted by Michael Hilpipre - Webster City,, IA - Family   April 21, 2016


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family in your loss of Jim.

Hold tight to your memories for comfort.
Lean on your family and friends for strength.
May God continue to hold you in the palm of His hand through this difficult time.

Posted by Patrick and Christa Weise - Oviedo, FL - Friend   April 21, 2016


Please accept our sincere sympathy and prayers, and may your memories give you peace.

Posted by Dennis & Beverly Sisul Laurson    April 21, 2016

I remember Jim's big smile! Always a friend! By God's Grace and Mercy we all have new life and a hope that will Last Forever!

Posted by Marcia Foglesong - Centerville, IA - Friend   April 21, 2016

So sorry to hear about Jim! All are in my thoughts and prayers!

God bless,
& family

Posted by Shirley Morlan - Centerville, IA - Friend   April 20, 2016

So sorry to hear about Jim! All are in my thoughts and prayers!

God bless,
& family

Posted by Shirley Morlan - Centerville, IA - Friend   April 20, 2016

Eleanor and family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I have a lot of good memories of Jim, Carl and you out at Ted's Retreat. Jim will be missed by all who knew him.

Posted by Patti Slavin Richmond - Albia, IA - Friend   April 19, 2016


Dear Family - please know that I extend the thoughts and prayers from the old farm neighbors (The Leon and Opal Burns Family). I wish to extend our sympathy to each one of you during this sad time. May you find peace to grieve in your many great memories of Jim.

Always - Karen Burns Mattly
Betty Fenton Burns
Linda Burns Espenson

Posted by Karen Burns Mattly - Corydon, IA - Friend   April 19, 2016