Thomas R. Burse

Born: 12/14/1948 Passed:

Thomas R. Burse of Vermilion, Ohio was born December 14th, 1948 in Canton, Ohio to Bob and Betty Burse. Thomas passed away surrounded by family at Mercy Medical Health in Lorain, Ohio on June 14th, 2021. He was a proud army veteran who earned his Purple Heart in Vietnam. Thomas retired from Ameritech (AT&T) after 31 years and retired again from the City of Avon Lake after another 10 years. Among many things, Thomas was an avid fisherman and motorcycle enthusiast, specifically devoted to Harley Davidson. He always enjoyed working with any tools he could get his hands on and especially cared for woodworking. He was a life member of Amvets and a longtime member of the American Legion, post 118. Thomas was a proud father, grandfather, and great-grandfather; so much so, he mastered the art of telling corny dad jokes. In addition, Thomas loved to give; he volunteered much of his time to the Louisville High School (LHS) Band Boosters and was a Cub Scout Leader for Pack #44.

Thomas is preceded in death by his mother and father, Betty and Bob Burse, and his brother, Scott Burse.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife of nearly 49 years, Gudrun (Gertie) Burse; brother, Ted (Denise) Burse; sisters, Bonnie (David) Hamann and Marsha (Larry) Coley; brother-in-law, Johann (Sharon) Goettl; sons, Brian (Lori) Burse and Clifford Burse; daughter, Elizabeth McCauley; grandchildren, Michael, Patrick, Adam, Daniel, Victoria, Abigail, Quinton, Brittney, Samantha, and Vincent; great-grandchildren, Aleistar, Murdoch, Persephone, and Milliana; along with several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held on July 5th, 2021 at Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home: 303 S. Chapel St. Louisville, Ohio 44641. Friends and family will be received starting at 5pm with services beginning at 6pm. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to any veteran’s organization.

Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at

Heritage Cremation Society



9 Tributes to Thomas R. Burse

  1. Pamela Beaver says:

    Heartfelt sorrow to the Burse family for the loss of father, brother, uncle and grandfather Tom. A man of many trades that always had time for family.

    • Kevin Richey says:

      My Father and I worked with Tom at AT&T . He was a good friend. My condolences. Sorry for your loss.

    • Bob mcwhorter and Family says:

      Tom was a wonderful family man, a great man to work with and for, A great fisherman and friend, condolences to Gertie and all his family, he certainly was loved. Bob and Mary Ann

  2. Donna and Clark Bruner says:

    We are so sorry for your loss Gertie. Sending prayers out for you and your family. God bless all of you.

  3. Bonnie Barnhart says:

    Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed seeing Tom as well as you, Gertie, for haircuts. I will miss himas well as you when you move. Prayers and Love.

  4. Becky (Culp) Schaefer says:

    Becky (Culp) Schaefer,
    With deepest sympathy in the loss of Tom. I will always have fond memories of the years we spent at the Middlebranch Rd. garage .
    Rest in peace Tom.

    • Jerry Fox says:

      To Bonnie, Marsha and Ted, I am so sorry to have missed the service. I just found out this morning that Tom passed away. I haven’t seen Tom (Tommy as he was called by us Redurbanites) since high school.
      As kids he was a good friend who lived 3 doors away. We played lots of baseball and had so much fun growing up with him and the 3 of you and all the other kids in the neighborhood. The thing I remember most about Tom is that he always had a big smile on his face. Judging from his big grin in the photo posted here, that never changed. May I offer you 3 and all of your family members my deepest condolences over loosing Tom. God bless you all.

  5. Sandy Howell says:

    I worked at the phone company in engineering and anytime I called Tom about a job I needed done, like yesterday, he went above and beyond to get it done. Tom was one of the good guys and I had nothing but respect for him. To his family, you have my deepest sympathy, so sorry for your loss.

  6. dr robert greene says:

    I remember tom as a warm and kind person, I always enjoyed seeing him ( and the rest of the family) when he had a dental appointment, although it has been a number of years since we last have seen you, i remember!!!
    bob greene ( your former dentist)

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