Bruce Elroy Burkowske, age 56, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in a tragic car accident.
He was born March 16, 1962, in Watertown, the son of Elroy and Neola “Suzy” (Prough) Burkowske.
Bruce was baptized April 1, 1962, and confirmed in his faith May 11, 1976, both at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany.
He was a 1980 graduate of Waconia High School.
Bruce was employed as a truck driver, and had driven over 3 million miles with no chargeable accidents in his career. For the last 17 years, he was employed by Ron and Julie Haekenkamp of RJ Transport in Greenfield.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Bruce loved spending time at his cabin at Lake Mille Lacs. He fulfilled his dream of shooting an elk and a moose with his group of friends.
He had a passion for cooking on any type of grill. His new favorite was his big Green Egg.
Bruce was a proud member of the Winsted Sportsmen’s Club, and cooked with his friends for the annual hog roast.
Bruce’s strong faith in God was a great comfort to him.
He is survived by his significant other, Colleen Kegler of Winsted; siblings Debbie (Randy) Markanich of Grottoes, Virginia, Lori (Neal) Barton of Woodbury, Jeffrey (Michelle) Burkowske of Winsted, Shari Burkowske of Watertown, Shelley (Rob) Stark of Monticello, and Carl Burkowske of Eagan; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents; nephew Jason Francis; and niece Tricia Mwangi.
A funeral service took place Sunday, Nov. 11 at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany. Visitation took place from 1 to 3:30 p.m., immediately followed by the funeral service with the Rev. LeRoy LaPlant officiating. Interment followed at St. Mark’s Cemetery.
Casket bearers were Tom Kieser, Adam Koch, John Koch, Tony Kahle, Rob Stark, and Ron Haekenkamp.
Chilson Funeral Home, Winsted, was entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.chilsonfuneralhome.com.