|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1905|
|Death: ||May 16, 1995|
Local Legend, Toney Burger who many Austinites knew as "Coach" died Tuesday at his home in Austin at the age of 89.
Burger was one of the most successful Coaches in Austin's History and is remembered for his gentle manner and win-lost record.
He seldom raised his voice but demanded respect. All players admired and respected him and they always called him Coach. Many went back to him for guidance through the years.
He was a student at the University of Notre Dame when he was diagnoised with pneumonia and was advised to move to Austin for a warmer climate. He enrolled at St Edwards and after graduate school at the University of Texas and teaching jobs at his hometown in Muenster, Burger joined the faculty of Austin High in 1938, during those 15 years he taught students how to do math and athletes how to win.
His baseball teams lost only one district game, went to state four times and made the finals twice.
A state championship and American Legion World Series were among his accomplishments.
He coached his basketball teams to 228-83 record. The teams won nine District Championship titles, tied for two, advanced to state six years and reached the finals three times.
Winning was not everything to Coach Burger he was interested in how many good citizens he turned out
There were attempts to lure him away but he served 18 years as Athletic Director of the Austin Independent School District until he retired in 1971. In 1977, the district named Toney Burger Activity Center in Oak Hill in his honor.
Burger was married to Mary Cathryn Beckheyer from 1930 until her death in 1975. He later married Bess Eidman Olle, who died from injuries received in a car wreck in 1989.
Toney, enjoyed retirement as much as coaching. He gardened and played golf. Everybody was a friend.
Burger is survived by a son Danny Burger, and a daughter Helen Stewart, both of Lakeway, nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Earl Fisher, Albert Hoehn, Charles Munson, Jimmy Viramontes, Jim Frederick, Delano Womack, James Calvin and Jim Green.
Rosary was on Wednesday at Wilke-Amey-Clay Funeral Home, Funeral Mass was Thursday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church with the Reverend Harold Zinc, C. S. C. officiating. Entombment was at Assumption Mausoleum.
William G. Burger (1880 - 1950)
Mary Cathryn Beckheyer Burger (1914 - 1975)
Elizabeth Eidman Olle Burger (1910 - 1989)
Note: Burial in the Mausoleum
Created by: Billie Blackstock
Record added: Jan 29, 2010
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To a life well lived, and a person well loved! May those who miss you take comfort in Christ's promise of eternity with Him.|
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