Traverse City Record-Eagle

January 30, 2013

Richard H. Burmeister


NORTHPORT — Richard Henry Burmeister, 60, of Northport, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Munson Medical Center.

Rick was born on Aug. 1, 1952, in Kalamazoo, the son of William and Marion (Reynolds) Burmeister. On May 24, 1986, in Grand Rapids, he married Lois M. Fournier, who survives.

Rick was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Rick owned and operated Leelanau Lawn Care.

He served on the Northport Village Council for over 10 years and was a volunteer fireman for the Leelanau Township Emergency Services.

Rick enjoyed boating, golfing, gardening and fishing. He was a real jokester who loved pulling pranks on family and friends and loved his dogs, Meeka, Bennie and Babe.

In addition to his loving wife of 26 years, Rick is survived by his children, Joy (Ken) Spencer, Richard (Amy Jo) Burmeister II, Wendy Laymon and Leslie Carroll; father, William (Janet) Burmeister; sisters, Glenda (Richard) Blanch and Christine (Art) Bauman; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion; sister, Wendy (Dave) Roberts; and beloved basset hounds, Suzie and Brandy.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. A full military graveside funeral service will be announced in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Cherryland Humane Society, 1750 Ahlberg Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.

Please share thoughts and memories with Rick's family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.