Mar 25, 1950---Mar 27, 2024

Ralph Eugene "Gene" Burt, III, 74, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at the University of Kansas Hospital surrounded by his loving family.   The visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m. followed by the Funeral Mass at 11:00 AM Thursday, April 4, 2024 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland Park, KS. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.

Born Ralph Eugene Burt, III, he decided to be called Gene like his father.

Gene had red hair like his two younger brothers and red freckled skin. He used to think he had a tan, but actually his freckles had just run together.

Gene and his 12 cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma's and grandpa's, all lived in Kansas City, Kansas, and had many good times playing together, and enjoying many happy family gatherings.

Gene's family moved to Connecticut while he was in high school, but he moved back to Kansas to go to KU, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity.

After the death of his grandpa, Gene bought Waco Scaffold and owned it for 35 years.

In 1977, Gene married Martha Doggett at the Leawood United Methodist Church.

Their 3 daughters, Colleen, Katie and Molly followed. He loved his girls, taking them to soccer, basketball and softball practice, Christmas Masses and fishing. Gene loved taking his family on vacations. The family went to Maine many times and to Connecticut, Florida, Virginia, Austin, Houston, Dallas, California, Cape Cod, MA, Lawrence, Colorado, Santa Fe, NM, Canada and Ireland, He adored our four dogs, always taking them on walks and they loved him for it.

One of his favorite outings was going to the gym where he could lift more weight than any of those “young boys.”

Gene was a devout Catholic, and having grown up in the Catholic Church he attended Daily Mass. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

He had been a volunteer at the WW I Museum, where he had completed 2,000 hours of service and was awarded a gold pin.

Gene had a wonderful sense of humor. On birthday's, birthday presents could only be found by following clues all over the house, finding them even in the washing machine! One year there were animal pajamas for the women or silly hats for everyone.

Cancer finally took him after 8 1/2 years! Gene never complained about the numerous rounds of chemo, surgeries, procedures and doctors’ visits. If he was in the hospital he could be seen "walking" laps around the hospital, but if he was not allowed to walk his circles, a pillow might be seen flying through the air as it was being hurled at a nurse.

Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph Eugene "Gene" Burt, Jr. and Mary Teresa (Quinlan) Burt. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Martha, his 3 daughters and their spouses, Colleen and Eric Bloom, Katie and Ben Thompson, Molly Burt, 2 brothers and their spouses, Dan and Deb Burt, Tim and Joan Burt and his three grandchildren, Beau, Addie and Graham.



Mike Mar 29, 2024


Very sorry to hear about Gene. I remember he had a great sense of humor and was always nice to me. He will be missed.

Dave Mar 29, 2024

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

Sorry to hear about Gene. Enjoyed volunteering with him at the World War I Museum. Really nice guy. He will be missed.

Barbara Johnson Mar 29, 2024

friend ,Greenwood ,Arkansas

Praying for the family during this difficult time. I will always remember partying with Gene, Martha, and our nursing school friends many years ago. He was always the life of the party with his infectious laugh and sense of humor.

Bill Mar 29, 2024

Friend ,Portland ,Oregon

I’ve known Gene since our high school days in CT. We transferred to KU at the same time and joined the same fraternity. Life took us in different directions, but once you’ve met Gene, you’re always his friend. He’s on my list of people I’m glad I met. He was a good man and I offer the family my condolences. May the wonderful memories of Gene be a source of comfort to us all.

Davia Phillips Mar 29, 2024

Colleague of Katie ,Longmont ,Colorado

Sending my deepest condolences to your family. What a wonderful obituary which paints a picture of man who loved his family - there is no greater legacy!

Tracey & Alan Mar 29, 2024

Cousin ,Hideaway ,Texas

I remember Gene's smile and such a good sense of humor. He was the oldest cousin and I always looked up to him. He will be missed by all of us. We love you Martha and all the family. Sending comfort in the days ahead.

Mark Benson Mar 30, 2024

Frat bro and roommate ,Vail ,Colorado

So sorry. Gene (bubba) was a great bro and roomie at KU and in Overland Park ! He will be missed!

Regina Mar 30, 2024

counsin ,St. Louis ,Missouri

May God comfort you, Martha, Burt Family, Quinlan Family, friends and all those who loved Gene, Psalm 62: 8 Pour out your hearts to the Lord, for God is our refuge.

George Norton Mar 30, 2024

Friend ,Parkville ,Missouri

Gene was a fellow volunteer at the National World War One Museum and Memorial, and I enjoyed spending time with him during our various tours together. He was a gentle soul and always fun to be around. We pray for the Lord’s comfort for Gene’s family as well as for the peace of his soul. Gene will be missed!

Lynn Black Mar 31, 2024

Cousin of Martha by marriage ,Henderson ,Nevada

My dearest Martha and family, My heartfelt condolences reach out to you and yours during this challenging time of sorrow. May it bring you peace knowing he rests now in peace and suffers no more pain. I wish I could be at the service but I will be with you in spirit. God bless.

Patrick Sirridge Mar 31, 2024

Friend ,Leawood ,Kansas

Remember Gene well from KCK where we both grew up although we were in "competing" parishes. Our paths crossed again as volunteers at the WWI Museum & Memorial. Always friendly with a charming sense of humor. Very impressed how he handled his health issues, A really good man taken too early.

Daniel Burt Mar 31, 2024

Brother ,South Chatham, MA ,Massachusetts

Gene was everything to me: the pioneer, the trailblazer through adolescence. He was the first: to get his driving license, first to marry, first to own a home, first to have a child. He took the heat from my parents that let me cruise along unheeded. He gave me my first television set! We were different people, but close in ways that bridged differences. That he is no longer available to talk to is heartbreaking.

James Algie Apr 01, 2024

friend ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

Enjoyed being with Gene volunteering at the WW1 Museum and Memorial. I also enjoyed swapping stories about our experiences growing up in KCK and Wyandotte County. My sincere condolences to his family.

Kristin Keckler-Alexander Apr 01, 2024

Friend ,Ft Leavenworth ,Kansas

Gene was a bright light here at the WWI museum. He will be greatly missed and I hope that his family and loved ones find peace in their bright memories.

John Verrilli Apr 02, 2024

Friend ,Belmont ,Massachusetts

I knew Gene, and heard stories about him, through brothers Dan and Tim, and I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to know him better. Sympathy and best wishes to the entire family from me and wife Ann.

Katie Munger Apr 03, 2024

Friend ,Kansas City ,Missouri

I'm very sorry to hear of Gene Burt's death! I became fast friends with his daughter Molly where we attended Holy Spirit Catholic school. I spent lots of time at the Burt household and Gene was always so kind to me and funny! He gave off such kind and funny energy. I'm so sorry Martha and Colleen, Katie and Molly! With love- Katie Munger

Arlyn Converse Apr 04, 2024

Fraternity Brother ,Leawood ,Kansas

Our fraternity house was very diverse with personalities. Gene was one of my favorite brothers with his humorous wit & friendship. My condolences to his family. I know he will be missed.

Ann E Foret, (Potter) Apr 13, 2024

Former Holy Spirit parishioner ,Overland Park ,Kansas

Martha, I'm so sorry to hear of Gene's passing. I remember you and Gene from Holy Spirit. I was your RCIA sponsor when you joined the church. Please accept my prayers for you and your family.

Pat McMahon Apr 15, 2024

High School Classmate ,Leawood ,Kansas

We shared experiences for a time at Rockhurst High School including both being freckled red heads and aspiring football players. Gene was a genuinely nice guy whose smile was infectious. I wasn't surprised when reading about Gene's life----what a special life he led. God Bless my old friend.

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