ILWACO - Marvin John Burger, 37, died June 3, 2004, in Ilwaco of natural causes. The son of Virgil and Beverly (Elsasser) Burger, he was born Dec. 1, 1966, in Astoria. A life-long resident of the Peninsula, he lived for about a year in Chinook and the remainder of his life in Long Beach.
Mr. Burger attended pre-school for two years, grade and middle school and was a graduate of Ilwaco High School. For over 20 years he drove his golf cart and volunteered for the city of Long Beach, cleaning the beach trail, beach restrooms, the boardwalk and the ball field. He also volunteered at school doing laundry. He attended Ocean Park United Methodist Church.
He was blessed with a full and happy life. He loved playing music from CDs, tapes and DVDs, singing, visiting and talking with his brother on the phone. In his eyes his brother could do no wrong. He attended church, liked to print things out on his computer, watched cooking shows, operas and Catholic masses on TV. He liked going and getting his "non-fat vanilla latte" and really liked hanging out with the regular city of Long Beach workers whom he called "the guys." He traveled to Disneyland twice, San Francisco where the cable cars excited him, Hawaii twice, Mexico and Canada. He also liked going to Reno, spending mom and dad's money on the slots. His parents ask that he be remembered with a smile for the good times.
Survivors include his parents Virgil and Beverly Burger of Long Beach; grandmothers Grace Elsasser and Viola Burger; brother Craig Burger; aunts and uncles Dale and Bonnie Burger, Eldon and Ardis Burger, Roger and Ann Elsasser, Charlie and Dottie Smith; and several cousins.
Graveside service was June 8 at Lone Fir Cemetery, Long Beach, followed by a memorial service at Ocean Park Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Pacific County Fire District No. 1, P.O. Box 890, Ocean Park, WA 98640. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.