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Gerald Vincent Burkhartsmeier

Dec 5, 2020

May 25, 1941 – Nov. 30, 2020

Gerald Vincent Bur-

khartsmeier, 79, passed

away on Monday, No-

vember 30, 2020, at the

Heart of America Care


Gerald, born on May 25,

1941, was the eldest son

of Peter and Marie (Peters)

Burkhartsmeier. He spent

much of his childhood on

the family farm and at-

tended school in Knox,

North Dakota. Following

his graduation, he worked

for the State Water

Department, Pleasant

Lake Grain and joined the

National Guard before

meeting and marrying Or-

pha Vestre in 1965. To-

gether they worked at the

Dairy Queen for one sea-

son before selling the

business and then he

started trucking for Unit-

ed Buckingham. Well, the

saying goes something

like this, “You can take

the boy off the farm but

you can’t take farming out

of the boy.” Gerald end-

ed up farming south of

Knox for more than 30

years. Happily, this same

land is still being farmed

by the family. He was

also a Pierce County com-

missioner from 1987-1990

and a volunteer fireman

for several years.

Gerald is survived by

his wife of 55 years; three

daughters, LeAnn (Neil)

Fuchs of Jamestown,

Pamela Burkhartsmeier,

Bismarck, and Mary (Der-

rick) Klein, Rugby; 9

grandchildren, Kelli

Fuchs, Julie (Daniel)

Fischer, and Nikolaus

Fuchs, Emily, Jacob and

Joseph Bosley, Paxton,

Camile and Jaxon Klein,

plus one great-grandson,

Louie Neil Fischer.

Gerald also has two broth-

ers: Gene, of Rugby and

Charles (Sally), Faribault,

MN, and two sisters: Patti

Hook, Mesa, AZ, and Jane

(Paul) Kourajian, Lino

Lakes, MN. He was pre-

ceded in death by his

parents, sister Barbara, his

grandparents and several

aunts and uncles.

The family extends a

special thank you to the

Heart of America Care

Center staff for their care

of our husband, father

and grandfather.

Memorials in Gerald’s

name may be given to

Turtle Mountain Lutheran

Cemetery or a charity of

your choice.

A private celebration

will be held on Saturday,

December 5th at the

Anderson Funeral Home

with Pastor Gary Dorn

and burial to follow at

Turtle Mountain Lutheran

Cemetery in Carbury, ND.

Honorary Bearers: All


Due to the Covid-19 res-

trictions, all guests will be

required to wear a mask

and maintain social dis-


Arrangements with the

Anderson Funeral Home

of Rugby. Online registry:



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