Edwin Burgstaler, 96, Aitkin died on Feb. 11, 2020 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd.

He was born on June 2, 1923 in Dean Lake Township to Frank and Frances (Smolnikar) Burgstaler. Ed married Helen Scheffler on June 25, 1949 in Aitkin. He loved farming and was a farmer all of his life. He also worked at the Soo Line Railroad and Pittsburg Pacific Mining Co. Ed was the oldest Burgstaler and was very proud of it. An avid bird watcher and four-wheeler enthusiast. He always recommended Allis Chalmers farm equipment and Chevrolet vehicles.

Ed is survived by his wife Helen; three sons: Edwin A. (Jane) Burgstaler, Rochester; Fred (Debbie Spychala) Burgstaler, Aitkin and Donald Burgstaler, Aitkin; three daughters: Bonnie (Larry) Carlson and Wendy Burgstaler, Aitkin and Cindy (Gordon Jr.) Collin, Brooklyn Park; one brother, Rudy (Joyce) Burgstaler, Kimball; two sisters, Vickie McCollum, Ocean City, Calif. and Ollie DeYoung, Henderson, Nev.; ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

Preceding Ed in death were his parents; two brothers, Frank and John Burgstaler and three sisters: Ann Hamilton, Sylvia Sabart and Fronie Deblock.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Burial will be at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Visitation will be Wednesday at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby from 4-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

A reception will follow at the Aitkin VFW.

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