Jul. 25, 1923 – Mar. 8, 2018
Eusabius Burgard, 94 the son of Frank and Ottilia (Hager) Burgard was born in the rural Orrin, North Dakota home of his parents on July 25, 1923. He entered eternal life on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at his home in Rugby in the care of his family and hospice.
Eusabius was reared in the Orrin home of his parents until the age of 13 when the family moved to a new farm in rural Balta, North Dakota and received his education at the Balta School. Following his education, he worked on the family farm until being drafted into the U.S. Army on the 29th of March 1945. He served in the peacekeeping theater in Japan until being honorably discharged the 27th of November 1946. After being discharged, he returned to the farm life near Balta. On October 24, 1950, he was united in marriage to Barbara June Heilman at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Balta. The couple made their home, raised their
family of 11 children and livestock in rural Esmond, North Dakota. In 1983 Eusabius and Barbara purchased the C&R Hotel in Rugby and operated that until 1987. For the next 23 years, Eusabius worked for Johnson’s Plumbing, Heating & Appliance Centre in sales and delivery/set-up and then retired.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and provider, Eusabius was a devoted family man who seized every moment to spend with Barbara and the family. He was a
current member of Little Flower Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus and a former member of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Esmond where he had served on the
church council and the religious education board and the Esmond VFW. He also made time to serve on the Esmond school board for several terms. Some of his favorite pastimes where hunting, fishing, bowling and playing cards. He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan. Eusabius established early in the lives of his children and grandchildren a special bond that could not be broken no matter what would come their way.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Barbara; his children, Connie (Harry) Graaf, Slating, PA; Beverly (John) Johnson, Melita Manitoba; Donavan, Minot, Ruth (Larry)
Haman, Towner; Gary, Ada, MN; Cindy(Gary)Haman, Rolette; Myron and Walter, both Rugby; Jon, Fargo and Barbara Burgard, Devils Lake; 16 grandchildren; 26
great-grandchildren; two sisters, Terry Lavitt and Dorothy (Leonard) Geotz, all of Rugby; sisters-in-law, Kate Burgard, Franklin, WI; and Theresa Burgard, Rugby.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Eusabius Jr. and Anthony; great-grandchildren, Angel Lee Haman and Greyson Allen Lessard; 6 brothers, Tony, Frank Jr.
Michael, Casper, Emil and Raymond Burgard; 3 sisters, Barbara Wolf, Pauline Eberle and Julie Axtman; and his parents.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 13th at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with spring burial in the church cemetery. Father Tom Graner, Celebrant.
Organist: Angie Deplazes
Vocal leader/Cantor: Robert Graber
Casket Bearers: Dammon, Eusabius III and Tannor Burgard, Michael, Peter, Johan, Andy and Lynn Haman and Erick Graaf.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: www.funeralsbyanderson.com
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