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Harold J. 'Harry' Burroughs

Apr 13, 2012 - Staff

Harold J. "Harry" Burroughs, 84, of Lander, died Sunday, April 1, 2012, at the Help for Health Hospice Home in Riverton.

Memorial services are at 3 p.m. Saturday April 14, at the Lander Church of Christ with Pastor Triston Jacobsohn officiating.

Harold J. Burroughs was born Feb. 21, 1928, in Staten Island, N.Y., to Harry George Burroughs and May F. (Archer) Burroughs.

Mr. Burroughs was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Following his military service, he worked as a hospital attendant at New York Army Hospital. After retirement, he returned to Germany under private contract with the Army as a manager of food services for allied troops.

Mr. and Mrs. Burroughs moved to Lander in 1992.

Mr. Burroughs was the primary caregiver of his younger siblings until 17 years of age, when he enlisted in the military at the end of WWII. Stationed in Augsburg, Germany, he worked in the cartography division, mapping Eastern Europe.

He was selected by an American Air Corps officer to watch over his family when on missions. It was during this service that he met his future wife, Anneliese Koningsberger, daughter of Josef and Antonie (Dehler) Koningsberger, walking along the lake where the officer's family lived. The couple married June 20, 1948, in Staten Island, N.Y.

Mr. Burroughs worked for 20 years in civil service at the New York Army Hospital. After retirement, he was selected as the charge caregiver of the Russian Orthodox Metropolitan at a New York Senior Home. In the early 1980s, the Burroughs relocated to Germany, where he worked as a private service contractor to the allied forces. Following heart surgery in Germany, they moved to Wyoming.

His family said Mr. Burroughs loved painting landscapes, coloring old photos, making tiny flower bouquets out of aluminum cans and reading, with the study of history as a special passion.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Anneliese Burroughs; younger brother, James Burroughs; brother-in-law Josef Koningsberger; sister-in-law, Marge Burroughs.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, George and Ronald Burroughs, and sister, Carol Schwartz.

Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home (www.theDavisFuneralHome.com) of Riverton.

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