Steve L. Burgess

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Steve L. Burgess

Garden City - Steve L. Burgess, 80, died on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City. He was born on June 6, 1941 at Sublette, the son of Floyd & Velma (Stimpert) Burgess. He married Ann Huber on September 13, 1970 at Garden City.

Steve graduated from Sublette Rural High School in 1959. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Kansas State University where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho in 1964. After his graduation he joined the Peace Corps Columbia Project where he served two years in Columbia on the Agricultural Extension project through the University of Nebraska. Upon his return to Kansas Governor Avery declared September 6, 1966 as Steve Burgess Day in Sublette.

He was invited back to Columbia 10 years later where he found his love for Paso Fino horses. He rode a Paso Fino and was hooked. He eventually started his own Paso Fino horse farm he named Tolima Farms in Southwest Kansas. This hobby ended up with upwards of 20 horses and then he started acquiring llamas. He became President of the Golden Plains Llama Association and a National Board Delegate and Director for the High Plains Paso Fino Horse Association.

In 1970 he began working for Layne Western Company and became District Manager until 1982. In 1983 he and his wife started buying and building rental houses and apartments. They began with one house and grew the company to 425 rental properties in Garden City. Garden Spot Rentals still stands strong to this day because of the firm foundation Steve and Ann built.

He is survived by his Wife- Ann Burgess, 2 Daughters- Stephanie & Jacob Stewart of Holcomb and Tammie Burgess of Garden City, 3 Step-daughters- Dianne Boyer, Christina Staley and Suzanne Kirmer all of Garden City, Sister- Sandra Hill of Greeley, Colorado, 3 Grandchildren- Lexi Blackburn of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Peyton Blackburn of Garden City and Kolby Blackburn of Holcomb and several Step-Grandchildren and Step-Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 AM Saturday at First Southern Baptist Church of Garden City with Rev John Harms officiating. The service will be facebook live on the Garnand Funeral Home facebook page. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Memorials are suggested to the Burgess Scholarship at Garden City Community College. Friends may call from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday at Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com

Steve was selfless and always wanted other people to be happy. He didn't care to talk about himself as he only wanted to hear about other people's day. Up until the moment of his death he only wanted to make sure everyone else was doing okay. His life is a great testament to what humility, kindness, selflessness, and hard work can truly do.

Posted online on August 12, 2021

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Steve L. Burgess

Garnand Funeral Home

Steve L. Burgess

Garden City - Steve L. Burgess, 80, died on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City. He was born on June 6, 1941 at Sublette, the son of Floyd & Velma (Stimpert) Burgess. He married Ann Huber on September 13, 1970 at Garden City.

Steve graduated from Sublette Rural High School in 1959. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture at Kansas State University where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho in 1964. After his graduation he joined the Peace Corps Columbia Project where he served two years in Columbia on the Agricultural Extension project through the University of Nebraska. Upon his return to Kansas Governor Avery declared September 6, 1966 as Steve Burgess Day in Sublette.

He was invited back to Columbia 10 years later where he found his love for Paso Fino horses. He rode a Paso Fino and was hooked. He eventually started his own Paso Fino horse farm he named Tolima Farms in Southwest Kansas. This hobby ended up with upwards of 20 horses and then he started acquiring llamas. He became President of the Golden Plains Llama Association and a National Board Delegate and Director for the High Plains Paso Fino Horse Association.

In 1970 he began working for Layne Western Company and became District Manager until 1982. In 1983 he and his wife started buying and building rental houses and apartments. They began with one house and grew the company to 425 rental properties in Garden City. Garden Spot Rentals still stands strong to this day because of the firm foundation Steve and Ann built.

He is survived by his Wife- Ann Burgess, 2 Daughters- Stephanie & Jacob Stewart of Holcomb and Tammie Burgess of Garden City, 3 Step-daughters- Dianne Boyer, Christina Staley and Suzanne Kirmer all of Garden City, Sister- Sandra Hill of Greeley, Colorado, 3 Grandchildren- Lexi Blackburn of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Peyton Blackburn of Garden City and Kolby Blackburn of Holcomb and several Step-Grandchildren and Step-Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be at 10:30 AM Saturday at First Southern Baptist Church of Garden City with Rev John Harms officiating. The service will be facebook live on the Garnand Funeral Home facebook page. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. Memorials are suggested to the Burgess Scholarship at Garden City Community College. Friends may call from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday at Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com

Steve was selfless and always wanted other people to be happy. He didn't care to talk about himself as he only wanted to hear about other people's day. Up until the moment of his death he only wanted to make sure everyone else was doing okay. His life is a great testament to what humility, kindness, selflessness, and hard work can truly do.

Posted online on August 12, 2021