Gale K. Burkhalter

Posted October 20, 2014 at 8:05 pm

Gale K. Burkhalter, 66, of Kendall died suddenly Oct. 19, 2014.

He was born March 20, 1948, to Ervin and Beatrice (Grawin) Burkhalter at the Mauston hospital. He was baptized April 18, 1948, and confirmed June 9, 1963, at St. Matthews Ev. Lutheran Church, on South Ridge. He was a member of the Royall High School graduating class of 1967. Gale farmed in the town of Wellington with his father until he started driving semi-tractor. He was an owner-operator for 34 years. Gale loved to be on the road; he was always most happy when he was traveling. In his spare time, he would help his son Andy on the farm. He was a faithful member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and attended confirmation class with his son Kenny. Gale will always be remembered for his big smile and his very friendly personality.

He is survived by his two sons, Andy

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    She was born April 13, 1941, to Spencer and Vernie (Schewe) Rolston in North Bend, Wis. Carolyn attended Melrose Grade School, was a member of the Melrose High School graduating class of 1959, and was a member of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduating class of 1961, earning a teaching degree. Carolyn believed that a good education was very important and was the valedictorian of her graduating high

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