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Richard Wayne Burmeister

Richard Wayne Burmeister, 88, of Urbana passed peacefully at home on August 28, 2020 and joined his beloved wife Patricia forever.

A graveside service for family will be 10 a.m., Friday, September 4, at Eastlawn burmeisterBurial Park, Urbana. Face coverings and distancing is requested.

Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is assisting with arrangements.

Richard, known to family as “Dick,” to work associates as “Burr,” and to a few close friends as “Uncle Tanoose,” was born October 22, 1931, in Tuscola. He was raised by Terp and Addie Burmeister (aunt and uncle) in Tuscola, as their own.

Survivors include one son, Charles Burmeister (Tina Klebek) and one daughter-in-law, Frances Burmeister.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Patricia, and one son, Richard Allen.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Richard proudly worked as a postal carrier in Urbana for 41 years. He also was custodian, and all around caretaker of the grand old First Baptist Church of Urbana for many of those years.

After retiring, he was always there for his wife’s and mother-in-law’s every need.  He was always a willing support to anyone who needed to be chauffeured to an appointment or an event.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be offered at www.HeathandVaughn.com.



I remember it as if it were yesterday. I was working at the soda fountain at Hood’s Pharmacy. My Dad and Dick Burmeister were having coffee. I was trying to convince a co-worker that Richard was my uncle. Sure enough, my twin sister walked in the door and I said to her, “Isn't Dick our Uncle?” Her response was, ”Yep, he’s our "Uncle Tanoose.” Such fond memories of Pat and Uncle Tanoose. May God Bless.

—Jean Gothard


Chuck — I send you my deepest condolences for the loss of your dad. I have fond memories of both of your parents from oh so many years ago. Take care.

—Tina Wustman


Chuck it’s Mike from the old YMCA. Must say I am sorry to hear the news of your father’s passing. I know you were close. If there is anything I can do let me know...I am retired (mostly). You know I will help if I can so let me know. 3983938.



Sorry to hear about your Dad. When I saw you at Walmart awhile back you said he was not doing well. At least he is out of pain and back with his wife, Patricia. Take care.

With my deepest sympathy,

—Sue Johnson and family