KINGSFORD – Bruce C. Burkman, 84, of Kingsford, died Tuesday, April 19, 2022 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
He was born on April 16, 1938 in Norway to the late George and Jeanette (Gedvick) Burkman. Bruce was a graduate of Felch High School. On July 22, 1961, he married Bonnie L. Carlson.
After their marriage, Bruce was drafted into the United States Army on August 28, 1961, serving on active duty for two years and in reserve for another four years. Bruce worked as a truck driver for Wittock Supply for over 30 years, but finally retired from UP Special Delivery in 2003. His most recent passion was his volunteer work with the VA.
Bruce was an outdoorsman at heart and enjoyed spending time hunting, gardening and, in his youth, fishing. On a less ambitious day, he enjoyed going to the casino or watching golf. Due to a unique fascination with lawn tractors, Bruce could never pass up a glance when he found one for sale. Above all, Bruce loved his family and his hard work ethic and heart of gold will always be remembered.
Bruce will be missed by his son, Craig (Karen) Burkman; granddaughter, Ashley Burkman (Josh Wetsel); great-granddaughter, Chloe Wetsel; brother, Vernon Burkman; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, John (Karyn) Carlson, Evelyn Burkman, Janice Martinson and Kathy Carlson; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, Bruce is predeceased by his wife, Bonnie Burkman; three brothers, Maynard, DeWayne and Malvern Burkman; and three infant brothers, Keith, Robert and Allan Burkman.
Visitation will be held at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 29, with Reverend Jim Danielson performing the memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in Foster City Cemetery.
Special thanks to the staff at the Oscar G. Johnson VAMC for all the excellent care over the years.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Bruce C. Burkman online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com.
The family entrusted the arrangements to the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home.