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Lynn George Burbach

September 22, 2022 | 7 comments

Lynn George Burbach, 88, of La Crosse, WI, returned to his Father in Heaven after a long, beautiful life on Thursday, September 15, 2022 from complications with an aneurysm. Lynn was born April 15, 1934, in Bangor, WI, to John George and Kathryn Eleanor (Terpstra) Burbach. Lynn was a 1952 graduate of Onalaska High School, and a loyal employee of G. Heileman Brewing Company for 44 years. On June 20, 1981, he married Mary Christen in La Crosse, and they were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Provo Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 18, 1982.

Lynn thrived on social interactions, seeking out in-depth conversations about sports, religion, and politics. He was known for the entertaining stories he would tell and the laughter he would share with others. He made many lifelong friends through church and his many hobbies including golf, bowling, playing cards, genealogy, and attending sporting events. He was a loyal lifetime fan of Onalaska High School sports, especially basketball, and could recall games in vivid detail from over the past 70 years. He enjoyed watching birds in the backyard and working in his garden and was well-known for his canned dill pickles. He served in many capacities in his church including leadership roles, teaching, and ministering to others. His favorite times were days spent with his family. His faith in Jesus Christ and eternal life were unwavering and he strived to share his testimony with friends and family.

Lynn is survived by Mary, his loving wife and best friend of 41 years; their two daughters Sara (Matt) Redd and Amy (James) Drysdale; his three daughters from his first marriage: Lori (Greg) Marnach, Paula Burbach and Valerie Ellenz; and his grandchildren: Anastasia, Carolyn and Miles Redd, Ava, Nora and Stella Drysdale, Justin (Hannah) Ellenz, Jasin Ellenz, and Anne (Derek) Zernach. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Gerald “Toby” (Cordelia) Hansen and John (Beverly) Burbach, his sister Janice Kaye Holte, and his ex-wife Dorothy (Temp) Burbach.

After many health issues throughout his life, he was looking forward to no longer being in pain and reuniting with family members and friends who have passed on.  He will be dearly missed.

Services will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 11:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 701 Well Street, Onalaska, WI.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Internment will be at Asbury Cemetery, Onalaska, WI.  Per the family’s selection, Coulee Region Cremation Group will not be attending the service.



  1. Sandy Noble

    Lynn, Jim and I will miss you dearly. We will look forward to see you again in heaven. Mary our prayers are with you daily. We are here for you.

  2. Paula

    My dad…a legend in so many ways.

  3. michael manske

    To Paula and the entire Burbach family my deepest sympathies

    • Colleen Sowa

      Lynn was always there for me and my family… Mary and Lynn came to my husband’s hospital room before Ron passed… About an hour before… I had been praying to see them… They showed up and. I felt calm…
      Every Sunday I looked for them…
      My condolences to the family.

  4. Mary Beth (Booty) Rendler

    To all of the Burbach girls: my deepest sympathy to you and your families. Such a fun loving guy.

  5. John Robinson

    A wonderful mentor and friend, I’m sure there’s a lot of us looking forward to a reunion someday! May God bless the Burbach family in grief and goodbye.

  6. Doug Huggett

    My condolences to you Mary and all the family. I’ve known Lynn from my boyhood on. I’ve especially cherished the time watching and discussing Hilltopper boys basketball with you and Lynn over these past many years. My belief is that we all will be reunited in Heaven some day!


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