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Burton Lee Rumrill

June 29, 1939 ~ February 18, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Burton Rumrill Obituary

Burton (Buz) Rumrill, Silver Lake, MN, age 83, passed away on February 18th, 2023 in Silver Lake, Minnesota.


Burton Rumrill was born in Madison, South Dakota, to Harvey "Hub" and Mildred "Millie" (Larrington) Rumrill on June 29, 1939. Growing up, he enjoyed playing many sports around town with his brother, Robert, and friends.  He enjoyed playing football for the Madison High School Bulldogs and college football at General Beatle College (now Dakota State University), also in Madison.  He received his teaching certificate and later, he earned his Master's Degree in Education from South Dakota State University.


Buz married his beloved wife Georgia Amonson on August 2, 1968 in Madison, SD.  Their marriage that lasted 54 years, raising three children and juggling Buz's coaching schedule. Buz was a teacher for over 36 years.  He began a teaching and coaching career in Marietta, MN in 1962.  His teaching career took him to Ipswich, SD and then ended up moving the family to Silver Lake, MN.  Coaching was very important to Buz and he the head football coach for the Lakeites 9-man team. At Silver Lake High School, his football teams won the state championship in 1983 and 1987. In 1999, he was inducted into MFCA Coach's Association Hall of Fame.  In 2012, he was inducted into the MSHCA Minnesota State High School Coach's Association Hall of Fame. 


Coach Buz was beloved in the Silver Lake community. His life's passion was coaching kids of every athletic ability in many sports. He worked to encourage each athlete to reach their full potential.  He enjoyed coaching with his assistant Dan Tschimperle.  Buz was a referee for volleyball and an umpire for baseball and softball when he wasn't coaching. He helped out the community coaching many sports and driver's ed training in his free time.  He enjoyed running into his former students, always recalling their graduation year. Buz was a member of the Silver Lake Lions Club.  Before he became ill, he enjoyed watching the Minnesota Footall Prep Bowl games with the other high school football coaches, which brought him much joy.  Buz was a huge University of Minnesota Gopher Football fan and held season tickets for many years.  Buz and his friends traveled to see the Gophers play in all of the BIG 10 stadiums and post-season Bowl games. Buz enjoyed playing cards and cribbage with all of his buddies. Together with his wife and children, they enjoyed traveling as a family to the Black Hills of South Dakota. 


Buz is survived by his wife, Georgia; three children Timothy (Beth) Rumrill of Silver Lake, MN, Beth Johnson of Edgemont, SD and Jon (Kimberly) Rumrill of Watertown, MN. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren: Brittany Cianelli, Morgan (Colt) Trebesch, Kaleigh Rumrill, Samuel Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Elin Rumrill, Peder Rumrill and great-granddaughters Norah and Harper. His grandchildren and great-granddaughters brought him much joy in his life. His death was preceded by his parents


A Celebration of Life and Reception will be held at the Rumrill-Tschimperle Field in Silver Lake, Minnesota on June 10, 2023 beginning at 11:00 AM.

His final resting place will be at the Bohemian National Cemetery near Silver Lake, MN.

Memorials are preferred to Silver Lake Lions Football Team and Silver Lake Summer Rec. Program.


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March 7, 2023

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Maresh Funeral Home
105 Main Street West
Silver Lake, Minnesota 55381

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June 6, 2023

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