Dorothy Burgett of Perry


Dorothy Burgett, 89, of Perry passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at the MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 1-7 p.m., with family present from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Memorials will be given to Dorothy’s family and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be sent at

Dorothy Mae Burgett was born April 22, 1930, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Howard and Viola Mae (Tillotson) Harger.

She attended Lincoln High School and Drake University in Des Moines.

Dorothy was united in marriage to Wayne Francis Burgett at Grace Baptist Church in Des Moines Nov. 6, 1951.

Before she retired, Dorothy was a secretary for Solar Aircraft, Diamond Laboratories, Oscar Mayer and the United Way. She also worked in the sewing room at the Woodward Resource Center.

Dorothy was a member of the First Baptist Church in Perry.

She was an avid reader and an excellent cook, who enjoyed making meals for guests. She crocheted more than 1,000 potholders, which she gave away.

Dorothy enjoyed going on road trips and playing games with friends and family. She also enjoyed putting together jigsaw puzzles with Wayne.

In death she rejoins her parents, Howard and Viola; a brother, Fletcher Harger; and a son-in-law, Richard Kestel.

Left to cherish Dorothy’s memory are her husband, Wayne, of Perry; children, Don (Vikki) Burgett of Clive, Suzanne Kestel of Perry and Laura (Bob) Heath of Grand Junction; grandchildren, Chris (Carrie) Burgett, Cynthia (Jamey) King, Chad (Angie) Burgett, Paul (Nicole) Kestel and Sarah (Nathan) Compton; great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Moriah, Jadon, Judah, MaKenna and Alanah King, Ethan and Luke Burgett, Kolby, Bailey and Atley Kestel and Oliver and Lulah Compton.


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