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Don Burghardt

December 16, 1931 ~ December 14, 2021 (age 89)

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Don L. Burghardt, 89, of Chippewa Falls, died Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at home surrounded by family and friends, while under the care of St. Croix Hospice.

Don was born on December 16, 1931, in Bloomer, WI to Aldro and Anna (Olson) Burghardt. 

He attended Bloomer schools and played football and basketball in high school and remained friendly with the basketball team, “The Fabulous Five” as they called themselves.  He graduated in 1950 and served in the Army in Korea from 1951-1954.

Following his discharge from the Army, he played full time for the Babe Wagner Band and Whoopie John, both bands based out of MN but well known to the area.  He then began working for Case Company in Racine and remained there for over 20 years.

Music was Don’s passion and he played for many bands and events over the years, earning many awards and recognition for his talent. He was an avid reader of history and biographies and followed Jeopardy religiously, hoping to get the answer before the contestant did.

In 2010, he moved to Chippewa Falls to be closer to grandchildren and family.

Don is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, Twyla Wirth of Boyceville, Sheila Burghardt of Key West, FL, and Don Jr. (Suzanne) of Fall Creek; stepchildren, Susan (Gary) Reavis of Jasper, GA, Jennifer (Mo) Morrone, of Racine, Stephen Brook of Sydney, MT, and Michael (Monica) Brook of San Rafael, CA; 13 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Lois Burghardt of Merrillan, WI; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leona; brothers, Clinton and Elmer; sisters, Vivian Koch, Phyllis Chrystal, and Doris Burghardt; and stepdaughter, Rose Brook.

A funeral service and celebration of Don's life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Jude Children’s Research or the American Legion Post 77.

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