NELIGH — Funeral Services for Bernard F. Burbach, 86, Neligh, were Oct. 4 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Neligh, with Celebrant Father Pat Nields.
Burial was at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Hartington, with Military Rites conducted by the Hartington VFW Post #5283 and Legion Riders.
Pallbearers were Drew Kubo, Adam David Burbach, Cody Rossman, Jake Brinkerhoff Miller, Caleb Payne, Zachary Baker and Preston Burbach.
Visitation and a wake service were Oct. 3 at St. Francis Catholic Church.
Bernie died surrounded by family on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, at Osmond General Hospital, Osmond.
Beyer Snider Memorial Funeral Home, Neligh, handled the arrangements.
Bernard F. Burbach was born March 5, 1935, to Adam and Mary (Schmidt) Burbach in Hartington. He attended Rosehill Elementary and graduated in 1953 from Holy Trinity High School, Hartington. He continued his education at Creighton University. From there, he enlisted in the United States Army March 13, 1957, at Omaha, transferred USAR XVI U.S. Army Corps (Reserve) and was discharged March 12, 1959, from Fort Chaffee, Ark. He married Helen McFadden Nov. 10, 1959, in Hartington.
Throughout his life he worked in agriculture, sales and financial planning. Bernie enjoyed road trips, staying up to date on current events, and gardening. However, he found the most joy through his faith, family and friends.
He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and a strong supporter of Catholic education, in particular Pope John XXIII Central Catholic High School. Bernie was ordained as a Deacon in 1979. This was a lifelong vocation where he enjoyed ministering to others and leading them closer to God.
He is survived by his children: Dana Kubo, Norfolk; Charles Burbach, Norfolk; Kris (Curt) Rossman, Scottsbluff; Angela Miller, Bozeman, Mont.; Lisa (Danny) Payne, Neligh; Amy (Tim) Baker, Neligh; Paul (Courtney) Burbach, Norfolk; and Matthew (Meghan) Burbach, Cape Coral, Fla.; 31 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Irma O’Gara, Iowa, and Rita Lipinski, Washington.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Helen; grandson, Adam Burbach; son-in-law, Kim Kubo; his brothers, Alphonse “Tuffy,” Jerome “Spud,” Harold “Squeak,” Raymond “Ray,” Marlen “Mar;” and his sisters, Teresa “Sis” Pinkelman and Dorothy “Dort” Kremer.