Russell D. Burgman
September 29, 1939 – December 4, 2020
Russell D Burgman, age 81, died in Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Nebraska on December 4, 2020. He was born in Villisca, Iowa on September 29, 1939 to Lloyd H. (Swede) Burgman and Evalyn M. (Hendrickson) Burgman. He moved to Atlantic, Iowa with his father, stepmother Glee, stepbrother David, and stepsister Nancy in 1948. He graduated from Atlantic High School in 1957. After graduating, he moved to Omaha, Nebraska, where he met his wife Sharon Miller. They were married January 9, 1960, in O’Neill, Nebraska and became the parents of one son, Todd.
Russ was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; father; mother; stepbrother, David; and stepsister, Nancy. Survivors include son, Todd, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; step-sister-in-law, Janet Dryer, Tucson, AZ; five nieces, one great-niece, four great-nephews, and his recent love, Julie Nelson and her family.
Russ was a truly decent and honorable man. He was a full-time care giver to his wife, Sharon, during some twenty years of chronic illness. He loved his son, Todd, and was incredibly proud of his personal and professional accomplishments. He loved and cared for his niece Lisa Kennedy like a daughter, and his grand-niece Pamela Kennedy like a granddaughter.
His huge heart didn’t end with his family, he also shared it with an infinite number of others by dressing up as Santa Claus during the Christmas season. For over sixty years, his love for this role has impacted several generations.
Russ had an innate ability to develop many genuine and lasting friendships, making sure to stay in touch with all of his classmates through the years. Through those connections, he found his new best friend and his other half for the past three years, Julia Nelson of Atlantic, Iowa. Russ and Julie shared a love for each other that brought them many fun and adventurous times such as skydiving, zip lining and traveling. Their last three years together were fulfilling to each other in a way that made all those who love them very happy.
Russ will be missed by all those he left behind. His love, empathy, compassion and humor has touched so many lives, and his memory will live on in all of us.