Raymond Gayle Burgett Obituary

Raymond Gayle   Burgett
R. Gayle "Coach" Burgett
Raymond Gayle Burgett

January 25, 1934 - May 10, 2020
Born in Des Moines, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Raymond Gayle Burgett, 86, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020, at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines due to complications of Covid-19. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 14, at Iles Grandview Park Chapel where the family will receive friends after the service until 5 p.m. The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to IlesCares.com at 1:45 p.m. Saturday and scroll to the bottom of Gayle's obituary to join in the service.Private inurnment will be held at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery at a later date.

Gayle was born January 25, 1934, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Raymond and Iva (Campbell) Burgett. A lifelong Des Moines resident he graduated from East High School and Drake University. Gayle married his highschool sweetheart, Nancy Russell, on June 9, 1956. He served in the US Army from 1956 - 1958. Gayle was a teacher, coach and referee for Leon schools, Urbandale schools, and at Mitchell Elementary, East High and Goodrell Middle School in Des Moines, retiring in 1996. He was a substitute teacher in his retirement.

Gayle enjoyed delivering day-old bread to church, family and friends. Fishing and going to his acreage in southern Iowa were some of his favorite pastimes. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. His faith was very important to him and was a member of Galilee and Calvary Baptist Church and a current member of Union Park UMC.

Gayle is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Nancy, his children, Lynne (Morris) Murphy, Thomas R. Burgett and Lisa Jo (Jeff) Gift, all of Des Moines; his grandchildren, Taryn (Brian Burns) Murphy, Daniel (Ariel Alstott) Murphy, Laurel (C.P. Rhone) Murphy, Kayla (Rocky) Thom, Grace Morelock, and Spencer Gift; his brother, Jim (Sharon) Quirk of Granbury, TX; niece Pam (Rusty) Cobern and nephew Todd Trautner. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister and brother-in-law, Margaret Lucille and Wes Trautner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union Park United Methodist Church, Kiwanis Miracle League, or choice of donor. Online condolences will be welcomed at IlesCares.com.






Memorial Service
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Saturday, August 14, 2021
2:00 PM
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Memorial Visitation
Grandview Park Funeral Home
3211 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50317
Saturday, August 14, 2021
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM


1435 Mulberry St
Des Moines, IA 50309
Union Park United Methodist Church
2305 East 12th Street
Des Moines, Iowa United States 50316
East High School
815 East 13th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316