Burl Massman, age 68, of Villard, Minnesota, died Tuesday, August 18, 2009, at St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, Minnesota. Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, August 21st at Saint John's Lutheran Church in Villard, with Rev. Robert Petersen officiating. Vitiation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. on Thursday at the funeral home and resume on Friday morning at the church, one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in Saint John's Lutheran Cemetery, Villard. Arrangements are with Hoplin-Hitchcock Funeral Home of Glenwood, MN.
Burl Arthur Massman the son of Rudolph and Anna (Herrmann) Massmann was born September 18, 1940 in Villard, Minnesota. He grew up in Villard and attended St. John's Lutheran Church. He attended school in Villard and graduated from Villard High School in 1958. He went on to further his education at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. On November 14, 1962, Burl entered the United States Army. He was stationed in Greenland and served his country for 2 years before his honorable discharge on November 14, 1964. After his discharge Burl moved to Colorado, where he met Doris Huelle. The two were united in marriage on July 3, 1966 in Nebraska. They lived in Colorado for a year before moving to Minnesota and making Villard their home. Burl and Doris' marriage was blessed with four daughters. When they moved back to Villard, Burl went back to school attending Alexandria Technical College. He then went on to work at Douglas Machines and Weyerhauser for a few years, where he developed an interest in packaging machinery. This interest, along with his creativity, led him to start his own business, Massman Automation Designs, Inc. Burl built his business from the ground up. He was very proud of his employees and his company. By the time Burl retired on June 30, 2005, the business had over 50 employees.
Burl also found time to serve his community. He was Mayor of Villard for two terms and was a member of the Villard Lions and the American Legion. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing and a good book. He will be remembered for his love of family, his creativity in designing and engineering, and his passion for flying and airplanes.
Burl is survived by his wife, Doris of Villard; four daughters, Shari (Randy) Schaub of Danube, MN, Koni (Alan) Schmitz of Villard, MN, Tricia (Gary) Lohre of Glenwood, MN and Kristi (Dan) Silvers of Sartell, MN; 7 grandchildren, Kelsi, Madison and Griffin Schaub, Kyle and Wade Schmitz and Derek and Amanda Lohre; one sister, Donna Sabrowsky of Villard, MN, and one brother, Dale Massmann of Villard, MN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Anna Massmann and an infant daughter, Kari Lee.