Gene F. Burbach, age 77 of Hartington, Nebraska, died on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at his residence.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Hartington with the Rev. Jeffery Loseke officiating. Burial will be at St. Michael's Cemetery in Hartington. Visitation will be on Wednesday at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington from 4-8:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. The Burbach family will be present from 5-8pm. Visitation will continue on Thursday at church one hour prior to services.
Pallbearers will be his six grandchildren; Amanda, Katie, Christopher, Nicholas, Sarah, and Nathan.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Don Bergman, Harold Eickhoff, Jerome Feilmeier, Marv Griess, Pat Guy, Claire Hansen, Louie Herbolsheimer, Gayle Hochstein, Jerry Hoffart and Roger Schwartz.
Gene was born January 24, 1938, in St. James, NE to Arthur and Gertrude (Wieseler) Burbach. He moved to Hartington when he was in grade school. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School in 1955. He attended Barber College in Omaha, NE. He worked as a barber for 50 years. Gene continued to make home visits and called on the nursing home residents to cut their hair until two years ago.
He married Marcella (Sally) Barnes on April 29, 1961 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Gene was elected to the Hartington City Council and served 22 years as a public servant, five terms as a city council member and President and one term as mayor.
Gene was a member of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He served on the Parish Council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as an officer. He was an EME and usher at church for many years. Gene was a member of the Hartington Chamber of Commerce. He was an avid golfer. His faith and praying the rosary were important to him.
Gene is survived by his wife, Sally Burbach of Hartington, three children and six grandchildren. Mark Burbach and special friend Patti Boehner of Lincoln, NE; Brian (Susan) Burbach of Minneapolis, MN, children Amanda of Minneapolis, Katie of Omaha, Christopher, and Nicholas of Minneapolis; Lisa Schiltz of Sioux City, IA, her children Sarah and Nathan of Sioux City, IA; two sisters, Claudia Hesselgesser and husband Dean of Phoenix, AZ, Romaine Murphy-Cole and husband Al of Omaha; and two brothers, Chuck Burbach of North Carolina and Richard Burbach of Minneapolis, MN; brothers-in-law Al Bruns of Minneapolis, MN and Dennis Chapman of Omaha.
He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Gertrude Burbach; son Steven; three brothers Donald, Gerald, and Arthur Burbach; and three sisters Della Bruns, Karen Chapman, Mary Burbach in infancy.
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So sorry to hear about Gene. I am going to miss seeing him on the golf course everyday during the summer. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.
Sorry to hear of Gene's death. He was a great guy and I remember him fondly.
Marcella and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Gene was a really a neat guy and so generous in many ways. May all your good memories give you some peace during this time. Peace, Sue and Dick Tempero
My sympathies to family and close friends of Gene. He was a gentleman with a great sense of humor. I enjoyed seeing him on visits to Hartington, usually at the golf course and I have fond memories of him at the barber shop.
My sympathies to your whole family on your loss. Gene's son, Mark is my advisor at the University of Nebraska. As a fellow Knight of Columbus and officer here in Lincoln, I feel I have a special bond with Gene in Fraternal Brotherhood even though I have never met him. Reading his biography above. I realized that we shared the same parish name. My hometown parish is Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Brainard. Again, my sympathies.
We are so sadden to hear of Gene's passing. Enjoyed talks with him and Danielle always loved the lollypop. Thoughts are with you.
Joe and Karen Boehmer
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Sally, Mark, Brian and Lisa and your families. There are no words that will ever describe your loss, but know you are in our thoughts and prayers constantly. Gene will be sadly missed, but his memory will live on your hearts.
Al and Connie (Klein) Maxey San Diego Ca
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