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Bruce Burmeister Obituary

Bruce R. Burmeister
Bruce Burmeister
Bruce R. Burmeister

July 31, 1986 - February 13, 2017
Born in Wausau
Resided in Marathon, WI


Our son, Bruce Randal Burmeister, was born into our family on July 31st, 1986 in Wausau, Wisconsin, to us, Robert and Renee Burmeister. Bruce, age 30, was granted his angel wings on February 13, 2017 at University Hospital Madison, following an unfortunate case of pneumonia, blastomycosis, and ARDS (adult respiratory distress syndrome). His final days were spent surrounded by family that Bruce had touched in some small way throughout his short, yet very memorable life.

Bruce graduated from Marathon High School in 2005. Bruce disliked school but enjoyed making friends with fellow classmates and faculty. The summer of graduation resulted in Bruce developing kidney failure. On December 21st 2005, I as his mother was blessed to be a donor for our son.

Bruce had many hobbies and loves, almost too many to mention. I would call Bruce a cinema buff for his love of movies. He had such a great memory he would remember all the actors or actresses names in the movies that he watched. Bruce was very passionate about video games. He had many systems and loved collecting games. His game room rivaled some arcades. Bruce had a love for animals. He cared for the family dogs Obama, Oprah, and Fred. They were always happy to see him and knew they could get a treat out of him! He also loved to visit his sisters (Sarah) dogs. Eva would squeal and Mongo would smile every time they saw Bruce. It would make his day! Bruce loved Packer green, so much so that his bedroom had to be painted that color. Bruce relished "funny sayings", he had many signs and shirts with different sayings. One of Bruce's greatest loves was his godchild and only niece Madisyn. He always looked forward to seeing her every chance he got. Madisyn took to Uncle "Bru" (what Madisyn called him) immediately. They loved teasing each other, playing peak-a-boo, row row, and fist bumps. Bruce would ask Madisyn what does Mama say? Madisyn would say "GRRRR", this would make Bruce laugh and laugh. Uncle "Bru" and Madisyn had a special bond, Madi knew Bruce was a kid at heart.

Bruce and his father were very close. They went everywhere together. From grocery shopping, appointments, errands, driving cars back and forth to the auto auctions and helping in the shop when asked. Bruce was his fathers best friend.

As Bruce's mother I could not have asked for a better friend and son. There are no words to express how much I love him. Bruce helped immensely around the house with cleaning and laundry. He sure did his fair share to help Mom and Dad. Bruce meant the world to us.

A note from brother Derek:
Bruce was so much more than a brother to me. He was my best friend growing up. I may of not known it at the time, but looking back all I have is fond memories, and nothing compares to the bond that we shared. Shared is a great word to explain our time together. We shared our toys, friends, chores, and even a bedroom growing up. I know back in the day I wanted my own room, but I am sure glad we shared one. The late night talks and laughs we had over the years are something I will never forget. As we got older I always looked forward to coming home, because Bruce always had something neat to show me. Whether it be a new joke, video, or game he just picked up. I will miss Bruce greatly and whenever I feel joy or laughter in my life I will always remember him.

A note from sister Sarah:
Being the oldest sibling my younger brothers are naturally supposed to look up to me. That is not the case, I could not but help to look up to Bruce. His courage and toughness drove me to do better. It is a favor that could not be paid back. I truly loved the relationship Bruce had with my daughter Madisyn. She loves him so much. Those memories will be with me forever.

Survivors include his parents, Robert and Renee (Dombrowski) Burmeister, Marathon; sister, Sarah (Ehren) Malinowski and their daughter, Madisyn, Wausau; brother, Derek Burmeister, Minnetonka, Minnesota; maternal grandmother, Pauline Fellbaum, Wausau; aunts and uncles, Suzanne (Gary) Burmeister, Marathon, Randy (Jeanene) Dombrowski, Georgia, Warren Dombrowski, Marathon, Helen (Robert) Kuklinski, Hatley and Allen Burmeister, Marathon; cousins, Albert (Cheryl), Lynette, Lee (Gina), Jordan, Lisa, Mike, Breanna and Leah; great-cousins, Seth, Maculey, Aliyah, Audrey, Alexandria, Miranda and Hayden.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Henry and Barbara Burmeister, maternal grandfather, Albert Dombrowski, maternal step-grandfather, Vernon Fellbaum and a cousin, Robert "Lil Bob" Kuklinski.

Memorial services will be held at Noon, Saturday, February 18, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 280 County Road A, Marathon. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, town of Stettin. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Bruce's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. His laugh was contagious and his gentle smile could lighten your mood. He wore his heart on his sleeve and cared for everyone.

With Bruce's passing we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him everyday. He will forever remain in our hearts. Through his teachings about life, we were able to create wonderful memories and it has been a privilege to be his parents.

A very special thank you goes to all the Doctors and Nurses that did everything they possibly could at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital and UW Hospital Madison.

The Man, The Myth The Legend! Till we see you again, Bruce! Love, Mom, Dad, Derek, Sarah, & Ehren XO




St. Peter Lutheran Church
280 Cty A
Marathon, WI US
Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Peter Lutheran Church
280 County Road A
Marathon, WI US 54448
Saturday, February 18, 2017
12:00 PM
Zion Lutheran Cemetery
Town of Stettin, WI US
Saturday, February 18, 2017
1:30 PM