James A. (Bones) Burger, age 64, of Piedmont died at 6:03 p.m. Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Community Hospice Truman House, New Philadelphia. Following Jim’s wishes he will be cremated.
Jim was born March 31, 1956 in Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio; a son of the late Joseph and Murle Irene Perdue Burger.
Due to declining health, Jim was retired. He had worked for Baker Construction, Ralph Legg, Crosier Lumber, and Oxford Mining. He had served as assistant fire chief for the Moorefield Township Volunteer Fire Department for several years and co-captain of the E-squad. He loved to bass fish and participated in lots of bass tournaments and was president of Piedmont Fishing Club. He enjoyed woodworking and a lot of family members and friends have some of his labors of love in their homes.
His partner in life was Patricia Diane Fulton who survives. They became a couple when she was sixteen and he was eighteen. It wasn’t always smooth sailing but they were always there for each other through thick and thin. Jim would always tell her, or tease her, about how lucky she was because there was nothing he couldn’t fix. He always thought it was his job and place to take care of broken items in family members’ households.
Bones loved truck pulling and was the biggest fan of “Black Magic” and “Nightmare” plus enjoyed the “Senior Tour.”
He also leaves behind a brother and a sister and their families; a sister-in-law, Darlene Ehmann of Grove City; several nieces and nephews; but two very special ones “Tracy and Brianna” that he had an inside joke with and loved bantering with them about who was ahead on the bridge to his heart. He had some very special friends that he always called his family and who were always there for him: Tim and Rhonda Baker, Brian and Jen Baker, and Nate Baker and Steff Porter, all of Piedmont.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Pam Fulton Jones and a brother-in-law, Bob Ehmann.
Anyone who knew Bones knew he was up for a good cookout and if food was involved, he was there. On that note a Celebration of Life Cookout will be planned at a later date.
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