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Al Burkhartzmeyer

Services: Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault
  Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Visitation: Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault, Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
  Trinity Lutheran Church, Monday from 9:30  to 10:30 a.m.

Al Burkhartzmeyer, age 91, of Faribault, died on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at his home.

Funeral services will be at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault, on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend Steven J. Kuehne officiating. Interment will be at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault.

Visitation will be at the Boldt Funeral Home on Sunday, March 4, 2012 from 1 to 5 p.m. and also at the church on Monday for one hour prior to the service.

Alvin Ferdinand, the son of Ferdinand J. and Martha H. (Krenz) Burkhartzmeyer, was born on November 1, 1920 in Faribault. He graduated from Faribault High School in 1938 and served in the U. S. Navy during W.W.II. He received his medical discharge in 1945 after being the lone survivor in a plane crash that killed 11 crew members. After a long hospitalization, Al returned home and made special trips throughout the United States to visit every family of his deceased crew members.

On June 25, 1949, Al married Erma Ritter of Wagner, South Dakota. That same year he and his brothers, Walter and Donald, opened Burkhartzmeyer Shoes. This expanded the shoe repair business started by their parents, Ferdie and Martha, in the mid 1930's.

Al was an active civic leader and a lifelong promoter of Faribault. He served on many boards and organizations including: the District One Hospital board, United Fund, Chamber of Commerce, Faribault Industrial Corporation, YMCA Board, Minnesota Retail Federation, Downtown Faribault Association, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, 1st United Bank board, and the Airport board. Al took great pride in his dedication to the Faribault Rotary Club where he received an award for 50 years of perfect attendance. He was a lifelong member of the Trinity Lutheran Church through baptism, confirmation, and marriage. He served on the church council and Lutheran School Board. He was presented with the Jaycee Honorary Scroll Service Award. He and his wife Erma hosted a foreign exchange student for one year from Uganda, Africa: Steve Okolett, with whom they have continued to stay in contact with throughout the years.

Al's greatest pride and joy was his family. Nothing could be better than having all the grandchildren and great grandchildren gather together for a meal for a celebration or holiday.

Al is survived by his wife, Erma; one son, Bruce (and Sue) Burkhartzmeyer of Faribault; four grandchildren, Sarah (Erik) Hromatka, Timothy, Patrick and Ryan Burkhartzmeyer; two great grandchildren, Tyler and Ella Hromatka; two brothers, Walter "Putts" (and Ruthann) Burkhartzmeyer and Donald "Buck" Burkhartzmeyer, all of Faribault; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorials can be directed to the Rotary Club Security Bank Clock Fund, Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault Area Hospice, or your choice.

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Guest Book Memories Will Be Recorded Below

Name: Nancy Brandenburg
Email: mgnab@aol.com
Date: Tuesday April 03, 2012


Dear Family, I have many happy and excited childhood memories of going to Burkhartzmeyer shoes to get new shoes for school or dress up for Easter or whatever important occasion merited new shoes. Either Al or Putts would be there with a friendly smile and I always left the store with great satisfaction. I am sorry for your loss.

Name: Art Meland
Email: ameland@tlctyler.org
Date: Monday March 12, 2012


Bruce & family, Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I know he will be missed by many. Art & Pat Meland

Name: Chuck & Sandie Kuntze family
Email: floweramasiouxfalls@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday March 04, 2012


Al Burkhartzmeyer family, It has been an honor, privelege & once in a lifetime oportunity to know Al. He was always there with a kind greeting and ready to offer thoughtful advice. He was always knowledgeable and ready to discuss any event either local, state, national or international.

Name: Cindy Keogh
Email: keoghcindy@ymail.com
Date: Saturday March 03, 2012


I am so sorry to hear of Al's passing. He was a wonderful person with a big heart. No one could ask for a better landlord than the Burkhartzmeyers. I always felt safe living above the store. Al always had his eye out for me making sure I was comfortable and asking if I needed anything. Heaven is a better place with him now among those who have gone before us. My sincere sympathy and prayers go out to all the family. Cindy

Name: David Fiebiger
Email: daydeef@msn.com
Date: Saturday March 03, 2012


So sorry to hear about Al's passing. It has been a number of years since I had seen Al, as well as any other members of the Burkhartzmeyer family. I will not be able to get to Faribault for the service, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. David Fiebiger

Name: Chuck Conroy
Date: Friday March 02, 2012


Always a gentleman and a pleasure to work with.

Name: Greg Anderson
Email: anderson@ipfw.edu
Date: Friday March 02, 2012


To the family, you have my deepest sympathy. I will ALWAYS remember the wonderful service I received at the shoe store. Even though Buck usually helped me, Al always had a cheerful hello for me. I wish you and your family well.

Name: Chris (Bisping) Hopkins
Date: Thursday March 01, 2012


My deepest sympathy to your family. Al was a kind soul, quiet and unassuming in his business. Whenever our family came to buy shoes he would greet us all genuinely. He will forever be a legend in Faribault. May God's peace surround you.