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Harvey Burau, 86

Harvey H. Burau, age 86, of Watertown, passed away Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at The Gardens of Winsted.

Harvey Herbert Burau was born Dec. 18, 1935, in Waconia, the son of Herbert and Violet (Engelen) Burau.

He graduated from Delano High School.

Harvey was united in marriage to Beverly Fredricks May 20, 1961, at Stockholm Lutheran Church in Cokato. In May 2021, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Harvey had a determined and strong work ethic. He worked for Advance Machine Co. for 32 years, and also farmed throughout those years.

In 2002, Harvey and Beverly moved into the home they built in the woods. Harvey was always busy, constantly tinkering, fixing things, and inventing. He loved hunting, traveling, and bowling. Harvey loved sports, especially baseball and softball. He was heavily involved in the Watertown Red Devils Baseball team, and was part of an Old Timers Softball League. He played ball until he was 62 years old.

Harvey was a man of few words but his character spoke volumes. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and was a friend to all. He had a quiet sense of humor and a kindness that will be greatly missed.

Harvey was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Violet Burau; daughter, Pamela Byrne; and brother-in-law, Albert Plocher.

Harvey is survived by his loving family: wife, Beverly; children, Patti (Joe) Lemmerman of Delano, Tim (Sara) Burau of Watertown, Penny Burau of Chanhassen; son-in-law, Jeff (Renee) Byrne of Victoria; grandchildren, Chelsea Franke-Byrne, Charlie (Sara) Byrne, CJ (Ashley) Byrne, Tabitha (Brandon) Boorse, Jeremy Lemmerman, Cheyanne Lemmerman, Sabrina Burau, Zacharias Burau, Zoe Burau; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Joslyn, Ryker, Loral, Ben, Hazell; sister, Jane Plocher of Arlington; sister-in-law, Ruth (Garland) Buttenhoff of Cokato; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

A funeral service took place Monday, Jan. 10, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 435 Bridge Ave E. in Delano.

Visitation took place Sunday, Jan. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Monday, all at the church. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Harvey’s grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; 952-442-2121; www.johnsonfh.com.

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