DAVID S. BURKHARTZMEYER
David Sanders Burkhartzmeyer, age 71, of Faribault died on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at the Veteranís Administration Medical Center, Minneapolis following a courageous battle with Lou Gehrigís Disease (A.L.S.)
Services will be held at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Richard L. Jorgensen, officiating. Interment will be held at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault.
Visitation will be held at the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, from 4 to 8 p.m. and also at the church for one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.
David, the son of Peter and Dorothy (Sanders) Burkhartzmeyer was born on October 7, 1938 in Faribault. He graduated from Faribault High School in 1956. He served in the Army National Guard while earning his apprenticeship as a carpenter. He married Shirley Steen on August 23, 1969 in Clinton. He worked as a carpenter for Stan Pacolt, Mel Qualey and later as a partner in S & B Construction with Les Spitzack. He owned and operated Burkhartzmeyer Construction, Faribault for over 30 years. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling and spending time at the cabin. David especially enjoyed his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; three daughters, Ann (and Rick) Martinez, Lisa (and Ron) Watters and Tammy (and Mike, Jr.) Cashin all of Faribault; 11 grandchildren, Stephanie and Rebecca Tricker, Sam, Ben, Grace, David and William Watters; Kaitlyn, Tyler, Alicia and Jacob Cashin; his mother, Dorothy Burkhartzmeyer of Faribault; two brothers, Peter (and Teri) Burkhartzmeyer, Jr. and John (and Sandi) Burkhartzmeyer all of Faribault; his Godmother, Betty Walsh of Yakima, WA; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Peter Burkhartzmeyer, Sr.; aunts and uncles.
Shirley & family, We are so sorry to hear of Dave's death. We were justing talking about both of you the other day. You are in our prayers and we look forward to seeing you at the lake in a few weeks. Love, Cheryl & Terry
Shirley and Family - We were shocked and very saddened to have heard about the passing of Dave. We first met him years ago when he built our home and did not know that he had been ill. Our prayers and sympathies are with you. God bless and comfort you at this most difficult time.
Shirley and family, you have our deepfelt sympathy. Our memories of course started out in the old neighborhood between Willow and Fowler Streets. Dave and Peter allowed me to take over their Daily News route there. Of course First English was also another place our families entwined, enjoying Sunday School, Boy Scouts and getting to know the Lord. Our interests in cars then furthered Dave and my relationship. We had many trips to Minneapolis to his favorite restaurant at the time. It was called the 101 and a hot turkey sandwich was his favorite. His 1959 Chevrolet Impala 2 door hdtp. was the envy of all the guys in town. Dave always was washing and detailing it. The black color would show the slightest bit of dust. I think there was a little bit of competition between Dave and Stanley Pacolt. Our car club was called the "STROLLERS". After those years Dave would always have the big smile and want to know how everything was going when we would meet on the street. Dave was one of the supreme builders in the Faribault area, nothing was done without perfection. Many Faribault people have witnessed his expertise in the homes he has built and or remodeling he has done for them. He has been a great friend to many and will be missed.
Trick or treat!!!! That is and will always be a fond memory for my wife and 3 daughters!!! Every year since we began venturing out with our angels/pumpkins/princesses etc. it always included a stop to see you UNCLE DAVE and AUNT SHIRLEY! It was very hard for us to say good bye today to our uncle,great uncle,boss,friend and all around great guy.There are alot of fond memories from growing up to now.There was the time learning how to swim at the holiday inn hotel with you and my dad,one on each end of the pool telling me to cup your hands and you won't sink.you were right,I didn't!! I most fondly remember the trips up to the cabin while it was being built and having my dad take the chainsaw and cut a chair out of the tree stump by the front door.(I don't know if it's still there but I hope it is)future trips to go duck hunting, trips up watching you light off what at the time I considered the biggest and coolest fireworks display ever,climbing up in the attic of the cabin to play and chasing the bears away that had wandered into the yard as my brother John slept in the tent and dad and I were getting ready to go early morning bass fishing. I do have to say the fondest memory I am going to keep with me is "trick or treat!" The way my daughters got to know the Uncle Dave I knew growing up with the big smile and kind heart.
Shirley and family. So.. so.. sorry for your loss. Growing up in Washington State, when we traveled to Faribault to visit in the 60's, cousin Dave was always so much fun. Reading the post by his oldest grandchild, I recall some of the same memories, going to a twins game, catching sun fish and just enjoying being around Dave, and the Minnesota gang. He knew how to enjoy and live life. On my last visit in 2008, visiting Aunt Dorothy, it was so cool to have Dave, Pete, John and their better halves, sit in the living room on Willow Street and ...visit... I really enjoyed Dave's Minnesota accent ...you know... and just his fun nature. David is now with his father, my uncle Peter. He is dancing with our Grandparents and many wonderful relatives. I think I can speak for my siblings in saying that cousin David was a great man.
Shirley & Family, We were sorry to here about Dave . When Our family moved to Wellington,Dave was one of the first people to welcome us.He later found out he new Pat from the East side.Our kids always enjoyed it when he would wave to them.
Dear Shirley, Ann, Lisa and Tammy: I am so sorry to hear about Dave. I was unaware that he was even ill. I have only recently been in contact with Tammy via Facebook and I never asked her how the rest of the family was doing. I'm sending prayers to heaven for all of you. I will always remember the fireworks he used to set off at the lake on the 4th of July. It was the biggest thing I looked forward to in the summer. I will remember fishing and boat rides. I will remember rides to Crosslake to the water slides. I will remember swimming at the Holiday Inn in the winter and trips to Rafferty's Pizza. Try to take comfort in knowing he is in a place where he has been restored to perfect health. Try to find peace in knowing he is where God has called him home. Again, I'm so sorry for your loss. Blessings, Patty Kitzberger
Oh, I am so very sorry to learn of David's death. He and his brother John built our family room on 10th Ave. S.W. years ago. They were both totally a joy to work with. Your family has my most sincere sympathy.
Dearest Shirley ~ We send hugs your way. Dave was a gem. His love for God, family, and friends just oozed out of him. To know Dave was to love him. We have so many fond memories of times spent together both in Minnesota and out here in California!!! You are in our thoughts and prayers. God will comfort you and give you a sense of peace that goes beyond human understanding. Jesus has prepared a place for Dave and it is comforing to know that he is in the presence of Almighty God. We will miss him during our remaining days here on earth, but look forward to seeing him in heaven!! It is not "good-bye", but "until we meet again". Lord's Blessings, Carol and Stuart
Dear Shirley and Family: Memories are a precious gift. It's with fondness that we recall the Steen Family Reunion when we first learned Dave Burkhartzmeyer had stolen the heart of our beloved cousin, Shirley. We're thankful for the beautiful Burkhartzmeyer family and the times we could visit when you came to California. Know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers this week and always. Joanne and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Shirley, as well as Ann, Lisa, Tammy and your families. My memories of Uncle Dave are so filled with smiles and laughter ~ he was always chuckling about something! I am so thankful that Andrew and Elizabeth had the opportunity to spend time with Uncle Dave and have such sweet memories from our visits to MN. It is at times like this that I truly wish we lived closer. My God be with you and guide you through this tough time. All our love, Eric, Julie, Andrew and Elizabeth.
Dear Shirley, Even though we were with you and Dave recently, we are still in shock to hear the sad news. We had such a wonderful time with both of you the last time we were together. We have had so many, many wonderful memories over the years - dinners, the cabin, visits to the Omnitheatre, Chanhassen dinner theatres, and much coffee and chats. Watching the family grow and all your special love is most endearing. Thanks to you both for the wonderful memories!! Dave was so special to us and Ray was counting on that "van ride" with him this Spring, but said he knows we will see him again; and it will be a grand time!! You are much in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord be of great comfort to you and your family during this time, Shirley. Love, Jan & Ray.
Aunty Shirley, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. You and Uncle Dave were like a second set of parents to me when I started college, and I can never thank you enough for the kindness and love you shared. I remember vividly the wonderful taste of the plate-sized steaks Uncle Dave used to cook when I would come to visit during school breaks or just to get away. I will never forget the times Uncle Dave would pick me up from school and take me with him to Minneapolis, giving me a break from school and always sharing a good meal. I am so glad that Matthew, William, Emily and David got a chance to meet Uncle Dave last summer, and that they too will have good memories of a man who loved his family and knew how to make everyone, especially children, feel comfortable and welcome. Love, Jonathan, Michelle, Matthew, William, Emily and David.
Shirley, Solveig just e-mailed about David's death. You will be in our prayers. He was too young. We were not together that often, but did enjoying knowing him. Solveig kept us up to date on you and your family so that gave us a close feeling. Solveig has enjoyed the love and support from all of you. love and prayers, Bob and Helen
I don't even know where to start, I have had so many memories with grandpa. One thing special with him that i have is i was his frist grandchild and ever since i was born we would always spend so much time together. I remember him teaching me how to fish when i was just a little girl. He taught me how to cast, and catch those yummy sunnies. He also taught my cousin Sam and i how to scale fish and we would work as a team. Sam and I would scale the fish and grandpa would cut them into filets. My grandpa, grandma, Sam and I would always go to Twins games every year. He would always buy us peanuts and then after the game he would take us out for pie no matter how late it was. I remember one time we were driving up to a Twins game and Grandpa and Grandma's car didn't have air conditioning cause it was broken and so we drove from Faribault to the Cities with all the windows down and i remember grandpa always asking me how's your hair doing Steph? We can role up the windows if it's getting messy. He would ask me that about every 30 mins cause he wanted to make sure i was comfortable and my hair wasn't gettig too messed up. He was such a loving grandfather, friend, husband, brother, and father. Another great memory is that my grandpa would always call me Stephy, it made me feel special because he had a specific name he would call me. When he was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) grandma would every once in a while ask me to come over and "babysit" grandpa, we had so much fun watching movies together, watching T.V and just sitting there talking. There are so many other memories but i thought i would share a couple of them. I love you Grandpa and I am gonna miss you SO much! I just keep thinking your in a better place now. You are with God and watching over us. Rest in Peace Grandpa.
Rick and Anna! I'm so sorry to hear about your father. You guys have been through so much in the last few months. If theres anything I can do to help, please let me know. You're all in my thoughts and prayers! Love, your cousin, Marilyn