U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement upon learning of the passing of William “Bill” Burgess of Lawton, Oklahoma:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my dear friend and confidant Bill Burgess,” Inhofe said. “Bill spent his entire life in service to Oklahoma and the nation and his loss will be felt throughout the state.”
“Among many different titles Bill held throughout his career, he served the state he loved on the Oklahoma Board of Regents for Higher Education and the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. I worked closely with Bill in his role as Civilian Aide to the Secretary to the Army and am so thankful to have a man of such integrity, character and grit in this position.
“Kay and I are praying for Bill’s family and friends in this extremely hard time. Bill was an exceptional leader, a loving father and husband and an incomparable friend. I am blessed to have known him and he will be sorely missed by myself and the rest of Oklahoma.”