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Obituary: Donald Burbrink, Columbus

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Donald Burbrink, 86, of Road 500 North, Columbus, died at 4:25 p.m. June 28, 2010, at Silver Oaks Health Campus.

Mr. Burbrink attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School at Jonesville and was a graduate of Seymour High School. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he participated in campaigns in France and Belgium following the Normandy invasion. After his military service, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington.

For more than three decades Mr. Burbrink was employed in the offices of Reeves

Pulley Company, later Reliance Electric, retiring from the timekeeping department in 1989.

A member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, he was a member of Couples Club, a former elder, auditor and member of the church’s evangelism committee for several years, conducting post-worship follow-up visits to bring others to the faith. Treasured among recent memories were recollections of time enjoyed with his six children, his seven grandchildren, and his twin great-granddaughters.

Donald Burbrink was married November 17, 1946, to Ora L. Krumme of Seymour. She preceded him in death in 1961, leaving the task of raising a family of four youngsters, seemingly on his own. But with Providence, he found a loving helpmate in the gift of his wife of the past thirty-eight years, Ruth Fiesbeck Burbrink. Their marriage on October 30, 1971, marked the beginning of a union filled with an abounding love for family.

In addition to his wife, Ruth,

surviving Mr. Burbrink are his four children from his first marriage, Ruth Ann (Tom) Gallant of Columbus, Roy Burbrink of Plymouth, Indiana, Mark Burbrink of Columbus, and Carol Beth (Ned) Jerabek of Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is also survived by Ruth’s children, Julie Malson and Tom (Lisa) Burns, both of Columbus. Grandchildren include Thomas (Erica) Gallant of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, Joseph Burbrink of Flagler Beach, Florida, Donald Gallant of Indianapolis, Elizabeth Jerabek and Jill Jerabek, both of Brooklyn, New York, Jasmin Burns of New Albany, and Devin Malson of Indianapolis. Great-granddaughters Mia and Kai Gallant of LaCrosse, Wisconsin, brought a double measure of joy to the past two years of Don’s life.

Born south of Jonesville, Indiana, June 14, 1924, Mr. Burbrink was the eldest son of Carl H. Burbrink and Dorothy Kiel Burbrink. Also surviving are his sister, Mary (Louis) Lienhoop of Westport, Paul (Virginia) Burbrink of Crawfordsville, Catherine (Max) Nolting of Elizabethtown and Lucille (Don) Nolting of Columbus.

Mr. Burbrink was preceded in death by his parents and by his youngest brother, Joseph Wayne Burbrink.

The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Myers-Reed Chapel, 3729 25th Street, with Pastor Mark Teike officiating. Family and friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until the service time on Friday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran School, Lutheran Worship for Shut-Ins, or the donor’s choice of charities.


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