Edwin Burgstaler, age 96 of Aitkin died on February 11, 2020 at Essentia St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. He was born on June 2, 1923 in Dean Lake Township to Frank and Frances (Smolnikar) Burgstaler. Ed married Helen Scheffler on June 25, 1949 in Aitkin. He loved farming and was a farmer all of his life. He also worked at the Soo Line Railroad and Pittsburg Pacific Mining Co. Ed was the oldest Burgstaler and was very proud of it. An avid bird watcher and 4- wheeler enthusiast. He always recommended Allis Chalmers farm equipment and Chevrolet vehicles.
Ed is survived by his wife Helen; three sons, Edwin A. (Jane) Burgstaler of Rochester; Fred (Debbie Spychala) Burgstaler of Aitkin and Donald Burgstaler of Aitkin; three daughters,
Bonnie (Larry) Carlson and Wendy Burgstaler all of Aitkin and Cindy (Gordon Jr.) Collin of Brooklyn Park; one brother, Rudy (Joyce) Burgstaler of Kimball; two sisters, Vickie McCollum of Ocean City, CA and Ollie DeYoung of Henderson, Nev; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Preceding Ed in death are his parents; two brothers, Frank and John Burgstaler and three sisters, Ann Hamilton, Sylvia Sabart and Fronie Deblock.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Burial will be at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crosby. Visitation will be Wednesday at the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. A reception will follow at the Aitkin VFW.