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D.L. "Whitey" Burklund

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D. L. "Whitey" Burklund, 71, Gothenburg, NE, died Monday (3/30/09). Born 1/14/38 in Ceresco to John and Evangeline (Landstrom) Burklund. Graduate of Ceresco High and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Former teacher/coach at several NE schools, Harvestore salesman, cattle feeder, oil industry worker in AK, rancher, and real estate investor. Married to Sharon Taft on 10/23/60. Whitey had a passion for the Sandhills of Nebraska which was surpassed only by his love of family and countless friends. He was an avid sports fan and left an impression on all those whom he coached. Whitey's spirited character, optimism, and unforgettable smile touched the lives of many. Survived by wife, Sharon of 48 years; sons, daughters and their families: Bob and Kristi Burklund, Lincoln; Mike and Jennifer Burklund, Ceresco; Jamie and Kim Weyers, Gothenburg; Lonnie and Michelle Burklund, Waverly; mother, Evangeline, Lincoln; and sister and spouse: Judy and Jack Dietz, Elden, MO; brothers and spouses, Ron and Pam Burklund, Larry and Kathy Burklund, Jerry and Barb Burklund, Dave and Cathy Burklund and families, Ceresco; 11 grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by father John, brother, Kenneth, and twin daughters Debra Ann and Lora Lynn. Visitation will be 5:00 -  8:00 PM, Thursday and 9:00 AM until service time on Friday at the church. Funeral services to be held 2:00 PM, Friday, April 3, 2009 at the Ceresco United Methodist Church. Pastor Chuck Rager, officiating. Burial at Swedeburg Lutheran Cemetery, rural Wahoo, NE. Memorials to the Ceresco United Methodist Church, Ceresco, NE 68017.
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