George Willis Burkstrand

May 6, 1936 ~ September 14, 2019 (age 83)


George Willis Burkstrand, 83, of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at his home in Horseshoe Bend.

He was born in Hennepin County, Minnesota on May 6, 1936, son of the late Ellsworth Harold and Fern Naomi (Norton) Burkstrand. George spent his life as a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was united in marriage to the late Judith Ann Banta. George was raised in Fridley, Minnesota and graduated Columbia Heights High School in 1955 where he played basketball. During his working years, George worked for Hauenstein & Burmeister installing over head doors. He was also an independent contractor for sheet rock and remodels. After retiring to Horseshoe Bend, George owned his own garage door company, GWB Doors.

George is survived by his daughters, Jill Neary and husband Mike of Cambridge, Minnesota, Linda Larsen of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas and Charlotte Orlando and husband Donald of Lino Lakes, Minnesota; grandchildren, Catherine Neary of Morris, Minnesota, Julia Neary of Cambridge, Minnesota, Carl Larsen of Ramsey, Minnesota, Andrea Edwards and husband Martell of California, Christine “Tina” Kroger and husband Nick of Blaine, Minnesota and James Orlando and wife Rachel of Rosemont, Minnesota; Thomas Orlando of Ames, Iowa; great granddaughter, Angela Jo Edwards of California; brother, Lowell Burkstrand and wife Annette of Braham, Minnesota and foster son, Keith Olson and wife Jodi of Camdenton, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Judith Ann Burkstrand; parents, Ellsworth and Fern Burkstrand and son-in-law, Paul Larsen.

Graveside services will be Saturday, September 21, 2019 beginning at 3:00 PM with Bro. Tom Doty officiating at Morningside Cemetery in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Visitation will be prior to the graveside at 2:00 PM at the cemetery.  Early Dinner and celebration of life will be held at Club West in Blaine, Minnesota.

Arrangements entrusted to Doty Family Funeral & Memorial Service of Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas.

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