Russell D. Burgman

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.



  • Dick and Carol H Posted December 11, 2020 10:17 am

    Beautifully done Julie. You guys really did reconnect, We thought three cruises were great but “Zip Lining and Skydiving”, HOLY SHIT! God Bless!

  • Cheryland Don Posted December 11, 2020 10:42 am

    Julie, I am so very sorry. I know how happy he made u and I’m so sorry we never got the opportunity to meet him. Love and hugs my dear. We r just so very sorry!!💗🙏⚘

  • Richard Hensley Posted December 11, 2020 12:10 pm

    Dear Julie, Beautifully done Julie. You two certainly reconnected in awesome ways. We were aware of the travel and 3 cruises but “Sky Diving and Ziplining” HOLY SHIT”! God Bless. Dick and Carol

  • Lisa Kennedy Posted December 11, 2020 6:33 pm

    Russ was like a father to me. His love was unconditional. I was so happy to see him find love again and glad that the two of you were able to enjoy so many adventures together. Wish we all could have more time with him. He is forever in my heart.

  • Lucille Dostal Posted December 11, 2020 7:07 pm

    Julie, So sorry for your lose. You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers especially these last few days. I have always admired you and your strength and positive personality. I hope these traits will help with your healing.

  • LeAnn Nelson Posted December 12, 2020 1:13 am

    Russ will be truly missed ♥️

  • Karen Marshall Menagh Posted December 12, 2020 8:09 am

    Julie, I am so sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to you and your families loss.

  • Janet Dryer Posted December 12, 2020 10:54 am

    Anyone who knew Russ had a friend for life. And I should know, because our friendship began almost 70 years ago. And after I became his sister-in-law, this friendship morphed into love as I learned the depth of his dedication to his friends and family. He was David’s best man at our wedding, and David was a groomsman when Russ and Sharon were married. He loved our two daughters, and Uncle Russ always remained a huge VIP in their lives. Russ and I shared a love of football, and thoroughly enjoyed trading gibes about our favorite team. He got a big kick out of my assertion that my favorite team was “whoever was playing Nebraska!”

    One of my favorite family photographs is the one taken of David and me sitting on Santa’s lap. It just oozes with fun and the deep love we all had for each other. Despite my sadness at his loss, I find myself smiling and grateful because he was such an integral part of my family’s life. a RIP, you wonderful, jolly old elf!!!

  • Janet Dryer Posted December 12, 2020 11:00 am

    Julie and Todd, I wrote a fairly long message, but I ‘m not sure the site accepted it. So I’ll condense it in this short way: RIP, you wonderful, jolly old elf. I love you. 🎅🏻😊❤️

  • Terry and Gayla James Posted December 12, 2020 3:51 pm

    This is a tough loss of a really close pal. Whose going to call me every year on my birthday, just to ask me
    what it’s like to be so old? And who do I call after every Husker loss, or when I see that the snow is coming
    down sideways in Omaha and tell him that I just finished playing a round of golf and got sunburned, just to hear his very colorful replies?
    Todd, Julie, and a whole lot of others will really miss him. Rest in peace, pal.

    Terry and Gayla

  • Connie Johnk Posted December 13, 2020 3:17 pm

    Julie and Family, I am so glad you and Russ had these years together! You filled them with love and adventure!! May your memories and the love of friends help you with this loss! We are in your corner!
    Love, Connie and Mark

  • Thomas Boelling Posted December 17, 2020 4:45 pm

    So sorry to learn of this. Take care Todd

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