Donald Ray BURLBAW

May 4, 1942 ~ September 27, 2005

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Mr. Donald Ray Burlbaw passed away Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005, at MARMC, Farmington, at the age of 63 years, 4 months & 23 days. Donald was born May 4, 1942, to George William Burlbaw & Oma Elizabeth 'DeVore' Burlbaw. Also preceding were: 1 Sister, Mrs. Carol Mayberry; 1 Son, Donnie Ray Burlbaw, Jr. (Oct. 3, 1987), & his Mother-In-Law: Lillian Fern Botkin.

Donnie was: * a lifetime member of Farmington ELKS Lodge #1765 BPOE; * retired from the Missouri State Highway Department; & * a retired member of the Laborers Union.

Survivors Include: His WIFE: Diana Sue 'Botkin' Burlbaw, of Farmington; 1 SON: Eric (& Brandi) Burlbaw, of Farmington; 1 SPECIAL GRANDDAUGHTER: Maggie Elizabeth Burlbaw, of Farmington; 1 SISTER: Barbara 'Mrs. Thomas' Keaton, of Farmington; 2 BROTHERS: Kenny (& Brenda) Burlbaw, of Farmington; Dickie (& Kim) Burlbaw, of St. Louis. Father-In-Law: Euel & Reba Botkin, of Farmington. Also surviving are: special Nieces; Nephews; Aunts; Uncles & friends.

Visitation: Thursday, 5-9 pm


Visitation resumes: Friday, 7:00 a.m.

Funeral: Friday, 10 am, Sept. 30, 2005, at TAYLOR Funeral Service CHAPEL, with Rev. Larry Gray officiating.

Interment: Hillview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Farmington.

Memorials to: * The ELKS National Foundation.

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  1. Burlbaw Family…We are all very sorry for your loss. We send you our Deepest Sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. If there is anything we can do please feel free to ask. We will all be here if you need something. With our Sympathies, The Boyer and Jost Familes

  2. This is such a great loss for our family, but Don would want us to carry on, just remember our good times together, those memories will help us through this time. I keep thinking what a rejoicing moment it is in Heaven, as Donnie embraces his Dad, then there is Mom, Dad and Carol all looking on. As Dickie said, our family is moving on to another place, someday we will all be together again. LOVE YOU ALL, Barb

  3. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He was a good and man and has left a great family. I know you all are strong. My deepest sympathy is with each one of you.

  4. Sue & family, There is so little one can say. We hope that you find strength through thoughts & prayers at this difficult time. Our warmest thoughts are close at hand. With Deepest Sympathy Daniel(Scruffy), Melonie, Skyler, Chase, & Colton Tucker

  5. Our deepest condolences to the family, Our Prayers are with you . Donnie was a good man and will be missed by all. Dennis & Tausha Leigh

  6. Dear Sue and Eric, My love,prayers, and sympathy are with you at this time of great loss. Donnie was loved by all and I could share countless stories about Donnie, especially about Wednesday night bowling antics from my bartending days at the Elks—that would make everyone laugh. I never saw Donnie without that great big smile and that is how I will always remember him. He was definitely a character in his own right, and I am so blessed that I was able to know him these past few years. I pray that God will give you all the strength you will need to get through the next few days. You have a wonderful support system of close friends and family who love all of you so much. They will be of great comfort to you. God bless you all, Jeanie and Bob Doss Janet and Doug Savage Jennifer and Kris Tucker Ami and Jim DeWalt

  7. I am Wink Rickus's oldest son that lives in Arkansas. I haven't seen nor spoke with Donnie in a very long time, but I always remembered the Sunday Elks softball games and how he got along with all of the kids. My sister informed me of his passing and I just wanted you all to know that all people younger than Donnie have lost a great role model as well as a friend. I will truly miss his smile.

  8. I would like to express our deepest sympathy to the Burlbaw family. Donnie was truly a great guy with a real zest for life. He will be truly missed. We will never forget his devotion to his family, friends, and his tireless works for the Farmington Elks. I am proud to call him my friend.

  9. With Sincere Sympathy to the "Burlbaw Family". Words somehow seem inadequate to help you in your grief… But may your memories be a source of comfort and relief.

  10. Sue and the entire Burlbaw family: My deepest sympathy and condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Don was a great man and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.

  11. Sue,and the whole Burlbaw family,we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you in this time of sorrow. Donnie was a good friend and loved by all who knew him,and he will never be forgotten.

  12. My thoughts & prayers go to all of your family, Sue even tho I didn't see you very often, my prayers are with you.

  13. To the Burlbaw Family So sorry to hear of your lost,Our hearts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  14. Sue & family, I was so sorry to hear of Donnie's passing. You have my deepest sympathy. My thoughts & prayers are with all of you. Love, Fay Lee

  15. Dear Loves, I'm not quite sure how to deal with this passing. Who knows how to deal with death. I have decided it should be compared to eternal sleep…everyone loves a good rest. It hurts to watch you with a broken heart…of course they never feel good. However, I once heard that from everything sad or bad…comes something good…. Please look forward to the birth of a shining star that we will call "BREN"…I know that no one will replace Don, but maybe her precious innocent person can show you that there is still so MUCH love to be shared. I hope that heart will heal… Love Always and Forever, Heather Diana Hoehn

  16. I was a friend and former schoolmate of Donnie's at Farmington…I am so sorry to hear of his condolences to his family…

  17. WE LOVE YOU BECAUSE Because we knew you would be there when we needed you by our side. Because you were someone we could trust and to whom we could confide. Because you tried to make us smile, if ever we were feeling blue. Because you shared the many feelings and asked what you could do. Donnie, you were just that dearest & special kind of friend. Because you touched my heart from the very start, now my heart is saddened & broken all apart. Because God has called an Angel home, for a new life, a new start. We love you Donnie forever & always, Your loving brother, Ken & Brenda

  18. Sue, Eric, Brandi, and Maggie, We all want to extend our deepest sympathies. Donnie was a great man. He was always good for a laugh when I worked out at the Elk's. He will be greatly missed by all. You all are in our thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. Sincerely, Kent, Meloney, Alex, and Zachary Edge


  20. Dear Sue and family, We were unable to make it to the funeral home, but we want you to know you have our deepest sympathy. Donnie will be missed very much, and there will be a great void to fill. But as we see loved-ones who have to linger and suffer, it is great to know that he won't have to go through that. You all will be in our prayers. Love, Albert, Karen and family

  21. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Donny. We have been praying for you, Eric, and family during this difficult time and will continue to pray. I know he was well liked by many and was a great friend to my dad thru the years at the highway department. Andy, Janet, and kids

  22. Sue, We are so sorry in your loss of Donnie. We will pray for your strength and comfort. Please let us know if we can help in any way. I'm sure Donnie will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him Sincerely Rick,Diane & Kate Will

  23. Sorry I could not be there for you all, but please know you're in my prayers. Uncle Don was one of the best uncles a nephew could ask for; I'll never forget the humor, friendship, or kindness he extended to all of us. Truly a great loss to a great family, my condolences go out to each and every one of you. If there is anything I can do, do not hesitate to let me know.

  24. Sue, Eric, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. It is a great loss to anyone who knew Donny. He will be missed by so many people. I am sorry I was not here at the time and could not offer my condolences personally. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  25. Sue, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my prayers. I know you have friends and family to lean on which is always a blessing. God be with you. Sharon

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