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Thomas Peter Burgard

Thomas Peter Burgard was born on May 5, 1926 on a farm in Elling Township south of Orrin, North Dakota to Peter and Frances (Geisinger) Burgard.    He peacefully passed away Friday, April 6, 2018 at the age of 91 at the Heart of America Care Center in Rugby, North Dakota.

Tom grew up on the family farm in rural Orrin and attended school in Orrin.  He continued farming, raising small grains, cattle and milked cows until his retirement in 1991.  Sharing in his daily life was his loving wife, Betty Senger who were united in marriage on June 23, 1953 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Orrin North Dakota. The couple was blessed with five children.  Tom and Betty retired into Rugby and lived in their home until moving to the Heart of America Care Center in 2016.  Tom enjoyed his time at the Care Center and loved the care he received.

Tom played amateur baseball for Orrin in his youth and was a big Minnesota Twins fan.  He also followed the NDSU Bison and the Green Bay Packer football teams.  He enjoyed fishing in his spare time and was an avid gardener in his retirement.  Playing pinochle and visiting with family and friends was a frequent event.  Tom taught many of his grandchildren how to play cards.

Tom was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member, a member of Little Flower Catholic Church, served on the Anamoose Fire District, the Orrin School Board and the Orrin Sacred Heart Parish Council.  In 1969, Tom and Betty were awarded the Pierce County Soil Conservation Award.  Tom continued helping his son on the family farm for many years after retirement.

His surviving family includes his wife, Betty of 64 years; children, Joe (Nancy) of Jamestown, Ken (Peggy) of Rugby, Doug (Sue) of Dickinson, Deb (Randy) Schneibel of Oxbow and Pete (Kim) of Orrin; 10 grandchildren, Angie (Jason) Jelinek; Andy (Jennifer) Burgard, Nathan (Michelle) Burgard, Michelle (Dave) Malchow, Ryan (Jessica) Schneibel, Jeremy (Kari) Burgard, Caleb (Candice) Burgard, Tyler Burgard, Travis Burgard and Mindy (Trent Johnson) Stier; 15 great grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Fettig, Barbara Wolf and Catherine (Lawrence) Lemer; sister-in-law: Lena Burgard; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  He was preceeded in death by his parents; a great grandson: Henry Burgard; brother: Mike Burgard; sisters, Julia (Mike) Thomas, Frances (Pete) Bachmeier, Tillie (Vern) Penzkover, Pauline (Edwin) Lithun, Mary (Joe) Schneider, Betty (Al) Morgan, Magdelina (Lester) Woitte and Vernie (Leo) Keller.

Memorials may be designated for the Orrin Sacred Heart Cemetery Fund, HAMC Hospice or the charity of your choice.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Little Flower Catholic Church in Rugby with spring burial at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in Orrin, North Dakota. Father Tom Graner, Celebrant.  Msgr. Father Joseph Senger, Concelebrant.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. with a rosary and vigil prayer service beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby.  Visitation will continue on Wednesday at the funeral home from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  There will be no reviewal at the church.

Posted Condolences:

May you rest in peace
Agnes Schell

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. Tom was truly a loving and caring man. Heaven has gained another angel, R.I.P. Tom
Diana Wolf

Uncle Tommy your smile, sense of humor, and kindness towards all of us, nieces and nephews, will always be remembered. The times of our families gathering at Uncle Tom and Aunt Betty's farm for Sunday summer afternoon softball games or winter days for cards and other games are treasured memories. May you rest in peace.
Bonnie Senger Daily

All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will remember Uncle Tom for..forever. Especially want Aunt Betty to know I send her special condolences at this difficult time. I won't be attending the funeral, but that doesn't mean I won't have you all in my thoughts and prayers.I love this picture of Uncle Tom, shows his unbelievable twinkle that he always had in his eyes.  We all were blessed having him in our lives for 91 years. I know he was welcomed with open arms by our Lord and Savior.  Rest in Peace..Uncle Tom.
Arthur & Marcie Kalenske

Sympathies to the Burgard family on your loss. Thoughts to you Joe during this difficult time.
Evan Markestad

So sorry for the loss of your father. Uncle Tom was one of my favorite uncle's. I have so many fond memories of him. I truly believe he is playing cards right now up in heaven. I'm sure the funeral will be a celebration of his life.



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