Frederick Homer Burlingame, 77, of Wadena, died Sunday, March 29, 2009 at home.
He was born to Homer and Gladys (Schmaus) Burlingame on May 10, 1931 in Pine Point Township in Becker County. He was raised on the North Ponsford Prairie. He attended grade school at Round Lake Country School and graduated from Park Rapids High School in 1950.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in April 1951. While in the service he married Diane Larson, of Fertile, on April 6, 1957 in Minneapolis. He served in Japan, Germany and Alaska. Stateside bases included Hutchinson, Kan., Oseola, Wis., Wadena, and Dolphin Island, Ala. He retired while at Baudette in May 1971 as a T-SGT.
He attended Pipestone Vocational School for meat cutting and worked for Don's Red Owl in Wadena and then in the Moorhead and Crookston areas. In 1977 he moved to Crookston where he was employed as a manager at the VFW Post. He moved back to Wadena in 1999 to be closer to his wife, who was in a nursing home.
He was a lifetime member of the Wadena VFW Post and Air Force Sargents Association, American Legion, Knobhill Sportman's Club, and St. John Lutheran Church.
He is survived by a son, Paul (Chris Ross), of Crookston; a daughter, Ann (Eldon) Immonen, of Wadena; four grandchildren; four brothers: George (Donna), of Stanwood, Wash., Donald (Linda), of Odessa, Texas, Ray (Ginny), of Hilton, N.Y., and Dwight (Audrey), of Indianapolis, Ind.; and four sisters: Jean Luhman, of Moorhead, Lola Christianson, of Ponsford, Barbara Frazier, of Detroit Lakes, and Elaine (Larry) Nelson, of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his wife in December 2002; three brothers: John, Jim and Robert; and a sister, Lois.
Funeral service: Friday, April 3 at St. John Lutheran Church in Wadena with Pastor William Stockman officiating.
Casket bearers: Angela and Michael Eull, Rebecca Immonen, Lyle, Aaron and Terry Burlingame, Levi Kneisl and David Christianson.
Interment: Wadena Cemetery.