Clayton Burgardt, 85

Clayton Elder Burgardt, a resident of Little Falls, passed away Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Little Falls.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m.  at Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls with the Rev. Gary Hendrickson officiating. Visitation be Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Shelley Funeral Chapel in Little Falls and Friday from 10 a.m. until the service at Zion Lutheran Church.

Clayton was born May 14, 1927, in Britt, Iowa, to the late Nicholas and Yardie (Anderson) Burgardt. He grew up on the family farm near Britt, and the family farm continues. He graduated from Britt High School in 1945. Clayton was united in marriage to Dorothy A. Nuehring June 18, 1949, at First Lutheran Church in Britt. The couple lived in Kansas City, Kan., where Clayton was employed at General Motors.  In March 1952, the couple moved to Little Falls where Clayton owned and operated a Shell Gas Station downtown, City Sanitary business and Burgardt Bus Service until his retirement in 1996. Clayton was very active in Scouting as Scout Master for Troop #65 for over 20 years and earned the Silver Beaver Award for his service. His many activities included service on the Lutheran Home Care Center Board, Little Falls Police Reserve officer, and he was a board member of Little Falls Senior Center. He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Little Falls, serving on the Church Council and was a Sunday School teacher and usher. Clayton was quite accomplished with his woodworking, stained glass creations and making beautiful jewelry from his favorite polished agates. His outdoor hobbies were trap shooting, canoeing in the Boundary Waters, camping and archery. Clayton is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Dorothy Arlene (Nuehring) Burgardt; sons, Donald (Susan) Burgardt of Sioux Falls, S.D.; Gary (Beth) Burgardt, Gregg (Laurie) Burgardt and Brian (Kathy) Burgardt, all of Little Falls and Curtis Burgardt of Sauk Rapids; daughters, Bonnie (Saia) Kavapalu and Cheryl Burgardt, all of South St. Paul; 16 grandchildren;  several great-grandchildren; brothers, Connie (Norma) Burgardt and John (Imogene) Burgardt, all of Britt, Iowa; and many nieces and nephews.

Clayton was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Yardie (Anderson) Burgardt; beloved daughter, Diane Burgardt; brother, Alvin Burgardt; and sisters, Erlis Steven and Marilynn Glynn.

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