Neil R. Bursheim, age 79, of McIntosh, MN, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 4th, at Essentia Health Hospital in Fosston from complications of leukemia. Private graveside services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery in McIntosh.Arrangements are with Carlin Family Funeral Service of McIntosh and messages of condolence may be shared at www.carlinfuneral.com. The service will be recorded and viewable on the Carlin website later in the day on Saturday.
Neil Robert Bursheim was born on April 13th, 1941, to parents Robert M. and Meredith (Raaen) Bursheim. He was baptized and confirmed into the Lutheran faith at Dovre Lutheran Church in Winger. Neil attended school in Fosston through the 8th grade, at which time he transferred to Oak Grove High School in Fargo to pursue his talent as a violinist. Upon completion of high school, Neil attended Interstate Business College.
Neil married Carol Eleanor Anderson on August 5th, 1962, in McIntosh. Neil and Carol had two children, Neil Ro bert Jr. (Bob) and Rebecca Ann (Becky). They moved to Moorhead where Neil worked for Elliot Packing Company as a cooler foreman and delivery driver. The family moved back to McIntosh in 1971 and started Neil’s Quality Meats where he worked until ill health forced his retirement.
Neil had a lifelong love of music, cars, car racing and feeding people. He enjoyed spending time playing his violin, with his mother as his accompanist, at local churches and special events. He loved spending time at car races and restoring old cars. Neil also loved spending time grilling up his sausages for special events and feeding people whenever possible. His gift of gab, warm smile and twinkle in his eye was known by all who called him family or friend.
Survivors include his wife, Carol of McIntosh; 2 children, Son Bob (Laura) of McIntosh and daughter Becky (Roosevelt) of Waldorf, MD.
Grandchildren: Christina Bursheim of Woodburn, OR; Cathy (Bram) Horsely of Bagley, MN; Liz (Trevor) Pfaendtner of Orland Park, IL; Lisette and Nathalie LaFontant of Waldorf, MD. Great grandchildren: David, Ahnna, Leyland, Allis, Adrian and Genevieve.
One brother Dean (Chyrl) Bursheim of Erskine, MN. Nieces: Rachelle of Gilroy, CA and Roberta of East Grand Forks, MN. Many cousins and other family members also survive.