John Alvin Burghardt

John Alvin Burghardt, age 87, of Springfield, MN died on March 18, 2024, at his home.

Visitation will be on Friday, March 22, 2024 from 4 to 7 pm at Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield Chapel and will continue on Saturday from 9:00 am until 10:00 am at the funeral home, with Rosary beginning at 10 am. Requiem Latin Mass will be held at Sturm Funeral Home on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at 10:30 am. The clergy will be Father Thomas Mroczka. Interment will be at the Japanese Martyrs Catholic Cemetery in Leavenworth, MN.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. Online condolences may be left for the family at

John Alvin Burghardt was born July 9, 1936 at Grand Island, NE, the son of John and Esther (Scholz) Burghardt. In 1940 the family moved to Jewell, IA and in 1946 they moved to New Ulm, MN. On August 24, 1963, John was united in marriage to Marion Nachreiner at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs in Leavenworth, MN. The couple moved to Springfield in 1974. John, a commercial honey producer was in partnership with his father John, Sr. until he retired and John continued the business. He was a member of the Minnesota Honey Producers and “Sue Bee” Sioux Honey Association of Sioux City, IA. John enjoyed beekeeping, gardening and farmer’s markets.

He is survived by his sons – Paul of Springfield, MN, Thomas of Ankeny, IA, Curtis (Sharon) of Cape Elizabeth, ME, James of Wheaton, IL; grandchildren – Samantha Burghardt, Mitchell and Brenna Burghardt; great grandchildren, Layla, Aubrey, Roman and Willow; brother Eugene (Joyce) of Alexandria; sister Carolyn (Robert)Wellman of Thief River Falls, MN. John is preceded in death by his parents; wife of 53 years, Marion; sisters – Joan (Ed) Regner, Mary (Robert) Wildt, Rosella Burghardt and brother Francis Burghardt.