Arthur Burgard Jr., 87, formerly of Sheboygan Falls, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla.

Arthur was born July 30, 1925, in Sheboygan, son of Arthur Sr. and Betty (Abraham) Burgard.

Arthur served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was awarded a Purple Heart.

On June 14, 1947, he married Dorothea Braun in Sheboygan. Dorothea passed away Sept. 28, 1999.

Arthur was employed as a mechanic for much of his life, including working for his son at Dave’s Amoco in Sheboygan Falls.

He enjoyed fishing, cars, stock car racing, attending sporting events, many years wintering in Florida, and spending time with his good friend, Jean.

Arthur is survived by his daughter, Susan (John Baitinger) Burgard of Fredonia; his four sons, David (Tammy) of Oklahoma, James (Mary) of Sheboygan Falls, Tom (Missy) of Sheboygan Falls and Arthur III (Karen) Burgard of Sheboygan; nine grandchildren, Jeremey Burgard, Jamie (Michael) Langhof, Michael (Jennifer Schneeberg), Mark (Dawn), Jonathon (Kristi) Burgard, Jodi (Jake) DeMaster, Eric and Luke Burgard, and Kyle Burgard; 13 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ted Burgard of Sheboygan and Lester Burgard of California. Arthur is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Nancy Burgard of Oklahoma and his special friend, Jean Findlay of Whitehall, Mich.

Arthur was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Dorothea; his parents; two sisters, Ruth and Elaine; and one brother, Ed Burgard.

Funeral services to celebrate Arthur’s life were held Tuesday evening, March 26, at the Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls with the Rev. Michael Fintelman officiating. Military honors followed the service Tuesday night. Burial will take place in Wildwood Cemetery in Sheboygan on Wednesday, March 27.

A memorial fund has been established in Arthur’s name for the Sheboygan Falls American Legion.

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The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting Arthur’s family with arrangements.

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