Charles Burmeister
Charles Burmeister

Charles Milton Burmeister, 91, died on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco, Iowa, after many difficult years with Alzheimers.

He was born on June 29, 1926, at home in Bristol Township, rural Harmony, to Emil and Laura (Fick) Burmeister.

He was baptized on Aug. 1, 1926, and confirmed on Sept. 29, 1940, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Big Spring, rural Harmony.

He attended the Mark Country School through eighth grade and graduated from Harmony High School in June 1943. He and his brother, Lester, farmed the family farm together for several years.

On Sept. 9, 1950, he married Joanne Scrabeck at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in rural Harmony.

They made their home on the Burmeister farm where they lived until 1979, at which time they sold the farm and moved into Harmony. In February 2014, he moved to the Patty Elwood Center. 

An avid fisherman, he spent time every year “up north” in Ely, Ottertail, Alexandria and Atwater. A favorite time for his grandchildren was the week they spent fishing with Grandma and Grandpa every summer. He rarely missed a trout opener on one of the area creeks or ponds, and also fished on the Upper Iowa and in Mink Slough on the Mississippi. He enjoyed reading, and reading articles to whomever was there to listen. He was a fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. After his retirement, he and his wife took many trips to various places in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and to the Caribbean.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne of Harmony; three children, Jim (Carla) Burmeister of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Jerry (Lila) Burmeister of Atwater, Minn., and Jill (Andy) McKittrick of Rochester; seven grandchildren, Laura Burmeister of Rochester, Bonnie (Scott) Martin of LaCrescent, Tracy (Kirk) Dilly of Osakis, Minn., Nikki (Brian) Harrison of South St. Paul, Zach Burmeister of West Fargo, N.D., Lydia Burmeister and Sophia Burmeister of Rochester; two step-grandchildren, Jackie (Justin) Peck of Rochester and Jordan McKittrick of Burnsville; seven great-grandchildren, Charlie, Henry and Gus Martin, Ellie Dilly and Isaac, Emma and Josiah Harrison and three step-great-grandchildren, Jaxin, Jadin and Jacie Peck.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, one in infancy, Irwin (Irene), Lester (Peg) and Harold (Hester).

Memorial services for him will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, at Greenfield Lutheran Church in Harmony. Friends may call at the church from 1 p.m. until time of services.

Lindstrom Funeral Home in Harmony is assisting the family.