Carl Jerry "C.J." Burgett

November 29, 1962 ~ March 9, 2019 (age 56)


Carl Jerry “C.J.” Burgett, age 56 of Beardstown, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born November 29, 1962 in Beardstown the son of Jim and Norma Jean Redman Burgett. He married Elke Bauer on July 22, 1992 in Rushville.

He is survived by his wife Elke Burgett of Beardstown; four sons Jamie (wife Claire) Burgett of Metropolis, Sven Reithmeier of Beardstown, Ronnie (fiancé Ashley Thurman) Burgett of Beardstown, and Jeffrey (fiancé Chandra Cunningham) Burgett of Mt. Sterling; his father Jim Burgett of Beardstown, six grandchildren Makenzie, Ben, John, Emma, Carter, and Jocelyn; two sisters Patty (husband Tom) Guy of Union City, TN and Pam (husband Allen) Warren of Camden, TN; three nephews Ryan, Troy, and Tyler; three nieces Lindsey, Traci, and Niki; and his best friend Bob Singleton who was like a brother. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, his mother, and a sister Sandy Benker.

C.J. attended Beardstown Schools and graduated from Metropolis High School in the class of 1980. He worked for the railroad and then began working at Excel in Beardstown, and continued after its transition to Cargil, working at the plant for 31 years. He had attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Beardstown and was a past member of Beardstown Elks Lodge #1007. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals and Tennessee Titans fan. C.J. loved 80’s music and when he wasn’t working, you could find him outdoors: hunting, boating or fishing on the river. He was a true friend and family man and will be missed by all.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration gathering will be held from 6-8 PM Tuesday, March 12, 2018 at Colwell Memorial Home in Beardstown. There will be no burial.

Memorials have been suggested to the family of C.J. Burgett, for Makenzie’s college expenses (checks payable to James Burgett). Condolences may be left online at or on Facebook at Colwell Memorial Home.

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Celebration Gathering
March 12, 2019

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Colwell Memorial Home and Crematory
515 State Street
Beardstown, IL 62618


Family of CJ Burgett, Checks payable to Jamie Burgett, for Makenzie's College
515 S. State Street, Beardstown IL 62618
Tel: 1-217-323-1100

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