Weather Forecast


Gary Burger

Gary Burger

Gary Burger, 70, of Turtle River, MN died Friday, March 14, 2014 at his home.

Memorial Services will be 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at New Salem Lutheran Church, Turtle River with Pastor Karol McCracken officiating. Family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will be in the spring in Pine Ridge Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, Bemidji.

Honorary bearers will be Charlies Gang Koffee Klatch.

Gary was born August 3, 1943, in Bemidji to Earl and Helen (Coleman) Burger. He graduated from Bemidji High School. He joined the Army in 1961 and was stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Monks, an experience that led to many adventures. He married Lynn Sfstrm of Sweden and they were blessed with sons Adam and Micke. Gary moved back to the place he loved most: Turtle River. He was elected mayor of Turtle River for many years, running on the "No Progress" platform. He met his soulmate, Cindy, and together they shared his love of Turtle River, hunting, fishing, and camping. They celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary at Old Salem Hall in June of 2013, with lots of friends, family, food and music. It was the perfect community gathering to celebrate a love like theirs. Gary is well known for recording artists from all over the country at his local studio, and creating documentaries on the history of the Bemidji area. He continued to hunt, fish, and sing and play with all his friends until his very last days. He was looking forward to spring turkey hunting. Gary has a soul that is both kind and gruff, a combination which endeared him to people and helped establish the wonderful community we all know.

He is survived by his wife Cindy Burger, sons Adam Burger and Micke Burger of Sweden, sister Barbara Stephens of Colorado, sister-in-law Marianne Burger of Minnetonka, aunt Joyce Kiesz of Aberdeen, South Dakota, aunt Myrtle Houston of Bemidji, step-daughters Sarah Linda and Alice Blessing of Bemidji and Mary Linda of Minneapolis, granddaughters Ellie and Azalea, and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins, and a bazillion friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Earl Burger, his mother, Helen Hofmeister, his stepfather, Walter Hofmeister, his brother Derril Burger, his nephew, Jeremy Burger, and his brother-in-law Gary Stephens.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials in care of Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home. Special thanks to Sanford Hospice, Sanford Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home, and all who helped so much.

Gary wants you to know he loves you all and not to feel badly for him. He says he will be okay.

Online guestbook at