July 9, 1957 – Dec. 15, 2015
John, our loving friend, brother, husband and father has left this life unexpectedly to be in God's hands. Though he left the ones behind too early, he enjoyed life to the fullest. He was born in Tomah, Wisconsin, to Marshall and Roberta (Campion) Burger. He lived his childhood years in Baraboo, Wisconsin, where he was active in basketball, tennis, ice skating, and golf as well as attending concerts with his good friend, Dan.
After obtaining a business degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, John worked for Wheda, M&I Bank and Monona State Bank in Madison where he made a number of friends. He married Nancy in an intimate ceremony in Barbados, West Indies in 1985, his wife of thirty years; they made their home in Madison, Wisconsin.
They traveled to many U.S. destinations as well as to Portugal over a number of years. John was active as a hiker, a mountain biker, a camper and a skier. He was a loving and supportive father to their two beautiful children, Kevin and Michelle. John spent endless hours playing and having fun with them as well as touching everyone he met with his sense of humor.
John was a passionate Packers and Bucks fan and enjoyed watching his favorite movie/play, White Christmas and Mama Mia. In 2012 his family decided to leave Wisconsin for their life dream to live in Big Sky, Montana. These years were spent enjoying the mountain life, the outdoors and making many new friends. John enjoyed working for Opportunity Bank in Bozeman and the friendships he found there.
He is survived by his sister, Marcia (Don) Voit; brothers, Fred (Patty) Burger along with their son, Freddy, and Jim (Sue) Burger along with their children, Brenda and Susannah. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Burger.
Though his time was short, his love was great for the new life he made in Big Sky. John will be greatly missed by his family and friends but their memories of him will be cherished in their hearts forever.
A memorial service will be held at the Big Sky Chapel on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. with a reception to follow.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 19, 2015