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Michael K. “Booger” Burgard

Canton – Michael K. “Booger” Burgard, 73, of Canton, passed away at 2:58 AM on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center. He was born on September 26, 1946 in Canton to Kenneth and Clara (Cannon) Burgard. He married Sandra Clauson on May 13, 1971 in Havana, IL, she survives.

Also surviving are two children, Kyle (Kentricia) Burgard of Banner and Missy (Joey) Burgard of Bartonville; one grandchild, Skyler Burgard; two step-grandchildren, Paige and Jarrett McCoy; and one brother, John (Connie) Burgard of Canton.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Jacob Burgard.

Michael worked as a fork lift driver at International Harvester and later retired from Navistar in Ohio. He was a past member of the Canton Moose Lodge 429. Michael enjoyed fishing, playing cards, hanging out with the Liars Club, and spending time with his friends and family.

Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. Memorials can be made to the Ronald McDonald House or Donor’s Choice. To make online condolences you may go to


  • Doris Simmons

    Reply March 23, 2020 3:32 pm

    I was so sorry to hear about Mike, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. He will be missed by many and especially the Kinsel bunch at the lake. Your friends, Ronny and Doris Simmons

  • Pamela Trone

    Reply March 23, 2020 3:54 pm

    Sandy, so sorry about Mike. We were at Roger and Kathy s a few weeks ago when he came in. Said hi to both Tommy and I, said something to one of the guys and left. Will miss him at Anderson Lake as he would stop and see Terry and collect some cans, visit and go on. Stopping in Eddie’s garage for a visit. Mike was a good guy, cheerful and friendly. Our sincere condolences. Tommy and Pam Trone, Astoria,il.

  • Cindy Harper Lawver

    Reply March 23, 2020 4:21 pm

    Sandy and family, I’m so sad to read of Mike’s passing, I have really good memories of Mike from high school and of you and him dating when you were working at the Maid Rite. Such a nice guy ! Hoping your memories will give you great comfort 🤗

  • Nancy Danner Marlow

    Reply March 23, 2020 4:23 pm

    Sandy, Kyle, and Missy, I am so very sorry for your loss! Sandy, you and Mike were such amazing neighbors for my mom and dad. I will always be grateful for your presence in their lives. Love and prayers to you all.

  • Stacey. Rich howarter

    Reply March 23, 2020 4:59 pm

    Sorry for your loss I will miss see him getting the can from my neighbor

  • Barb Coultas

    Reply March 23, 2020 5:06 pm

    So sorry to hear about Mike. Condolences and prayers to you and all your family❤️

  • Mike & Muriel Freeman

    Reply March 23, 2020 5:07 pm

    Sandy, Kyle, Missy and family,
    We are so saddened to hear of Mike’s passing. Whenever he drove by, he’d always honk and sometimes stop. We’ll always remember him for his smile, laugh and jokes! Prayers for all of you!

  • Sharon Dawson- Odendahl

    Reply March 23, 2020 5:12 pm

    Sandy, I’m very sorry for your loss. You and your children will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeff Johnson

    Reply March 23, 2020 6:39 pm

    My condolences and prayers to Sandy, Kyle, Missy and the entire family. I cannot tell you how saddened I am hearing about Mike’s passing. I’ve known Mike my whole life and he was truly like a big brother to me growing up. He gave me many great memories and experiences that I have never forgotten. Such as my first experience going over 100 mph in his blue Stingray, teaching me to shoot a rifle, and figuring out that I was left eye dominant and needed to shoot left handed, as well as showing me how to get my check cashed on Friday at Billys after getting off of work after 3rd shift at IH (I wasn’t 21 yet). RIP Mike, you truly were one of the good guys and like a second brother.

  • Larry Steach

    Reply March 23, 2020 6:41 pm

    Grew up in the same neighborhood as Mike. A lifelong friend. I will miss his endless jokes and that infectious laugh. Rest easy, Mike. I will forever miss you.

  • Gary St. Clair

    Reply March 23, 2020 7:42 pm

    Mine and I had some great times during high school and beyond. So sorrow for his passing and condolences to his family and friends. Mike , Dave Gilpin who passed last week and I had some great times together. I hope they are having them again.
    To the family:

    Loss of Loved One Poem

    Now that I am gone,
    remember me with smiles and laughter.
    And if you need to cry,
    cry with your brother or sister
    who walks in grief beside you.
    And when you need me,
    put your arms around anyone
    and give to them what you need to give to me.
    There are so many who need so much.
    I want to leave you something —
    something much better than words or sounds.
    Look for me in the people I’ve known
    or helped in some special way.
    Let me live in your heart
    as well as in your mind.
    You can love me most
    by letting your love reach out to our loved ones,
    by embracing them and living in their love.
    Love does not die, people do.
    So, when all that’s left of me is love,
    give me away as best you can.

    ~ Author unknown

  • Judy and Ray Brown

    Reply March 23, 2020 7:46 pm

    Sandy, And family, so sorry to hear of Mike passing away. He was always ready for a good joke and had such a wonderful laugh. He will be missed by many. Hugs to you and your family.

  • Rich and Stacey howarter

    Reply March 23, 2020 8:37 pm

    Kyle and family so sorry for your loss .

  • Vickie Sue Hamm

    Reply March 23, 2020 10:33 pm

    Sandra, and family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers to all of you!

    Rick and Vickie Hamm

  • Linda and Rob Pollard

    Reply March 24, 2020 7:04 am

    I am so sad. To Sandy, Kyle, Missy, John, Connie and family. I have know Mike my entire life, he was like a big brother growing up. Oh he was a stinker growing up. He dropped a snake down the back of my blouse when we were about 9 or 10. Married a very good friend of mine and we had a lot of good times going dancing. One hell of a football player. Oh my all the wonderful memories especially his laugh. I loved him dearly and will miss him greatly. Love to all.

  • Linda and Rob Pollard

    Reply March 24, 2020 8:44 am

    I am so sad. To Sandy, Kyle, Missy, John , Connie and family. Knew Mike my entire life. He was like a big brother. Oh he was a stinker when young but so much fun. He dropped a snake down the back of my blouse, wee were about 9 or 10. Still afraid of snakes to this day. He was one hell of a football player. Oh and his infectious laugh. We had some really good times. Loved him dearly and will miss him greatly. All my love.

  • gloria j stockman

    Reply March 24, 2020 9:51 am

    so sorry for your loss. Mike was a special person . a good friend to many and will be missed. That smile was contagious.

  • Darrell (Mike) Tindall

    Reply March 24, 2020 10:20 am

    We were long time friends, grew up together, went to school together, and played baseball together, he will be missed. So sorry for your loss.

  • Donald Wilkinson

    Reply March 24, 2020 11:01 am

    I remember all the Fun we had growing up in our Hometown and all the social life we shared. I will Never forget that Deep and Onery Laugh of yours. God, I’ll miss you my Friend. Till we meet again, RIP BUDDY !!

  • Linda Barrow

    Reply March 24, 2020 1:45 pm

    So so very sorry for your loss! He was a great man. Deepest sympathy. Hugs and your way. 🙏💕 love Linda and Fred Barrow

  • Jan Hannam

    Reply March 24, 2020 1:45 pm

    So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing . Gary has a lot of fond memories when they were kids.

  • Larry Avery

    Reply March 24, 2020 1:57 pm

    He seemed to always be happy. A fun person to be around.

  • Terry and Janet Tabor

    Reply March 24, 2020 2:01 pm

    Sandy, Kyle and Missy we are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a great guy with a wonderful personality. We will miss honking and waving to him whenever we saw him.You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Gary , Jill, Garrett, and Courtney Goodwin

    Reply March 24, 2020 2:11 pm

    So sorry for your loss, he was a great man and always had a smile or grin on his face. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Donald St Clair

    Reply March 24, 2020 2:19 pm

    Mike was an onrey little fart with a mischievous grin and laugh, must have gotten it from his dad. I have wondered where he has been as I always look for him when turning down Thompson Court on my way home to wave at him or to stop and bullshit – both of us are really good at that. God must have needed him to lift moral in the after life. He sure did his share here. He is in a better place and we were blessed that his life crossed ours. Prayers for you and your family Mike.

  • David Auld

    Reply March 24, 2020 2:46 pm

    To all of Mike family. We thought the world of Mike and always visiting with him.We will always the great guy he was.
    David(Toad) Auld and Cecilia williams

  • Reesa Swise

    Reply March 24, 2020 3:23 pm

    So sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you all ! Mike always waved at me as I went down the street & always had a smile on his face ! He will be missed 💔

  • Irene Graham

    Reply March 24, 2020 4:22 pm

    Sandy, So very sorry to read this! Will never forgot our good times in Liverpool and you and Mike! He was such a great guy always laughing and a had great jokes! Will miss him greatly!

  • Lisa Pace

    Reply March 24, 2020 4:29 pm

    So sorry Sandy, Missy and Kyle. He was a wonderful human being and I thought the world of him.
    Much love to you and all the family.

  • Jill Goodwin

    Reply March 24, 2020 7:21 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! The neighborhood won’t be the same without him!! Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Love to you all 💕

    Gary, Jill, Garrett, and Courtney

  • Jim Franzoni

    Reply March 24, 2020 7:22 pm

    RIP, Mike. Thanks for the friendship and the memories.

  • Missi Pollitt Thomas

    Reply March 24, 2020 9:01 pm

    Mike held my hand through so much. He really was a hero of mine. Sandy, my sympathy for you has no words. Just know how much Mike meant to our family as do all of you. Kyle and Missy, my thoughts are with you as well. One thing for sure, him and Dad couldnt stand to be “one upped”..they are fishing the best holes in heaven I’m sure. Much love and sympathy sent

  • Howard(Danny)Soper

    Reply March 24, 2020 11:06 pm

    To Sandy,Kyle,Missy,John and Connie:Such a surprise to me about Mike’s passing-I remember when you and Mike would take me home after the elections when I didn’t have any transportation.Wish I could be with all of you,but,when this crisis is over,I’ll try and touch base with you,Sandy.God bless all of you.Danny Soper.

  • Rhonda (Taylor) Riley

    Reply March 25, 2020 7:19 pm

    Although I hadn’t seen Mike (or John, for that matter) in several years, I have such good memories of the “Burgard Boys” and of drinking beer and telling tall tales with them and Steve Fleming in Liverpool. My deepest sympathy to all of Mike’s family and friends. He was loved and he will be missed.

  • Joe Ewan

    Reply March 26, 2020 11:33 am

    I never had the opportunity to see Mike after our Highschool graduation, so many years ago, but I’ll always remember him as a tremendous athlete who was an extremely important running back on the undefeated Little Giant football team of 1963. He was a great guy to be around. He could (and did) keep the whole team bus entertained, with his antics, as we traveled to our “away” games. I will always remember him fondly. My prayers are for him and his family. RIP, MIKE !

  • Steve styninger

    Reply March 26, 2020 4:39 pm

    Mike was a great guy and a lot of fun he was catching a high school baseball and threw the ball to second and. It hit the umpire in the back of the head and knocked him out mike was a hell of a day halfback on the undefeated team if not the best player on the team miss you buddy

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