Donald Robert Burgart

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Donald R. Burgart, age 64, of Nashua, IA, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo, IA. A celebration of life visitation will be held on Friday, July 19, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ionia Funeral Home in Ionia, IA. Visitation will continue at the church on hour prior to the service on Saturday. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be on Satuday, July 20, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia. The family has established a memorial fund in honor of Don. Friends may express their condolences to Don's family at For information please call 641-394-4331 or 641-394-3635. Don was born on February 26, 1955, in New Hampton, Iowa, to Elmer and Delores (Gilbert) Burgart. Six months later, his mother died, and Don and his five older siblings were raised by their maternal grandmother, Evelyn C. Gilbert, in Ionia, Iowa. Don graduated from New Hampton High School in 1973. After working for the Ionia Elevator, Don attended North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, Iowa, where he earned a degree in mechanical design. His next employer was Hydrotile in Nashua, Iowa. After that, Don moved to Houston, Texas, where he worked for the Ransome Company in mechanical design. When the company was purchased by Koike Aronson, Don moved to Buffalo, New York. As product manager for Koike, Don traveled extensively: Russia, Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Shortly after retirement, Don moved from Delevan, New York, to Nashua, in order to be closer to family. Throughout his life, Don was a sports fan, enjoying golf as both participant and viewer (Go, Tiger!). He was a particularly avid supporter of the Twins and the Vikings. Despite all of the challenges that Don faced in dealing with diabetes, Don participated enthusiastically in the lives of his family and friends, always ready for a good game of euchre or to host family gatherings. He remained ever optimistic, certain that the next treatment would restore him to better health. Don was gentle, humble (except when playing cards), and easy to love. Survivors include two brothers, John (Rebecca) Burgart, of Savage, MN; and Gary (Steve Brooker) Burgart, of Oxford, NC; two sisters, Sharon Burgart, of Nashua, IA; and Janice (Dexter) Brahn, of Ionia; aunts Evelyn M. Gilbert, of New Hampton, IA; and Lavonne Shatek, of Elma, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews, and cousins. Don was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary McKenzie, by nephew Tim Burgart, and by uncles and aunts who were an important part of Don’s life.

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  1. Don was a great friend who truly will be missed but not forgotten. Our condolences to his family. You all meant so much to him. Our thoughts and prayers. Jeff, Cindy, Jake and Heather Roths

  2. Don, aka Och, was such a great friend. I lived with Don in Texas and had some long road trips with him which were always an adventure with lots of laughs. We played a lot of cards together and drank a few beers, maybe a lot more than a few. He will be missed by many. Sympathy to John, Gary, Sharon, Janice and there entire families.

  3. Echoes of other comments in that Don was a GREAT & CARING person.. Will always cherish the memories of being around him, and a witness to his friendly/ warming character..
    Kevin & Linda Roths

  4. Our deepest sympathy to Janice and Family. Our thoughts and prayers
    are with you. May God Bless.

  5. Have a lot of memories with Don back in the day. He was a very caring and fun guy. He will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.

  6. May his memories console you in the days ahead. All our thoughts and prayers to his family. Jeanne and David Roder

  7. We are so sorry for your loss, Don was an unbelievable friend. We have so many fond memories of our time in Houston, the coast, golf and salsa. We will miss you. David and Allyn Testroet

  8. We will miss having Don live next door. He always had time to chat and was always friendly and upbeat no matter how bad he may have felt! He was a great neighbor and a genuinely good friend. I will miss seeing Sharon in his driveway coming and going. Some day we may actually that a golf outing we talked about so much! Joanne & Dave Gulick

  9. Our hearts are so sad for the family of Don. What a great guy he was. We lived across the street as we all grew up together and have so many very special memories. A life long friend. Don will be missed dearly. RIP neighbor

  10. So sorry for an unexpected turn of events that made it impossible for us to come to Don‘s celebration of life. Us IONIA KIDS have a very special bond! Sending our love and sympathy for the loss of our dear friend. I will be placing a rose in a vase at a special event we have in our church in November when Don’s name will be read. He’ll not be forgotten. Dick and Nancy Day

  11. My deepest condolences to the family and everyone who knew Don. He was a wonderful, intelligent, funny and kind man that I was privileged to know when he lived in Houston, and remained a Facebook Friend when he moved home to Iowa. I am so saddened to hear this news as I was hoping to visit in person again someday. Connie Noble

  12. Vickie Buschke
    I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of a very special man who was kind and generous to a fault.. While in Houston, Don was my ex-husband’s best man in our wedding and we all remained friends through the years. My sincerest condolences to his family. God Bless!!

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