He was born Dec. 21, 1935, in Chesterhill, Ohio, a son of the late Blaine and Ethel Gheen Burge.
He was a graduate of Marietta High School with the class of 1953. He retired from G.E. Plastics after 25 years of service and drove for local car dealers, McClinton’s, Matheny’s and Superior Motors. He attended Grace Gospel Church in Pettyville.
He is survived by his wife Nava Jo Walker Burge, whom he married Sept. 25, 1955; one daughter, Melanie Drane (Tony) of St. Marys, W.Va.; two sons, Brad Burge (Sue) of Mineral Wells, W.Va. and Bob Burge (Terry) of Iron Ridge, Wis.; six grandchildren, Abby Burge (Mike), D.J. Burge (Julie), Alli Canfield (Seth), Adam Drane, Andrea Drane, and Josh Burge; two great-grandchildren, Mason and Henry Burge; two step-grandchildren, Jesse Pollak (Crystal) and Amanda Kartes (Jake); one step-great-grandson, Logan Pollak; one sister, Marilyn Johnson (Carl) of Marietta, Ohio; one brother, Dwight Burge (Billie) of Marietta; and several niece and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Steve Burge.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Sat., March 30, at Grace Gospel Church, Pettyville, with Pastor Roger Benson officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Fri. at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Pike St., south Parkersburg and one hour prior to services on Sat. at the church.