Orlander “Earl” Burman, age 94, of East Bethel died January 25, 2014 at New Brighton Care Center. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, January 31, 2014 at our Isanti Chapel with visitation 1 hour before the service on Friday.
Orlander “Earl” Benjamin Burman was born March 22, 1919 in Malmo, Minnesota to Charles and Ida (Larson) Burman. He was raised in Aitkin County and attended Lakeside School. When Earl was 7 years old his father died and his mother kept the family together and Earl became the man of the house. He helped his mother on the farm, cutting wood and doing chores. Earl served in the Army during World War II. On February 26, 1949 he married Dorothy Nelson. They made their first home in Minneapolis and a year later they moved to Portland, Oregon where they lived for a year. They then moved to south Minneapolis where they purchased a home. In 1965 they moved to rural Bethel. Earl and Dorothy were spiritual people and were always very active in the churches they attended and they daily prayed with their family. Earl was employed as a welder and also did some sheet metal work. He was always precise and he was a perfectionist. He was known to say, “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all”. He was very industrious and couldn’t sit still. He would be working in the yard and garden or working in his shop. He was proud of his garden and after they canned the produce they would give much away to friends and family. Earl was a very hard worker and very family orientated. They enjoyed camping, fishing and going to northern Minnesota. Earl had an infectious smile and will be deeply missed by family and friends.
Earl passed away on January 25, 2014 at the New Brighton Care Center. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy just two weeks ago; sister, Anna Jacobson and brother, Clarence Burman. Earl is survived by 3 children, Darrell (Nancy) Burman, Renee Burman, Rhonda (Jack) French; 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Irene Long and Lorretta Weiss; 1 brother, Ernest Burman; and by many other relatives and friends.