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Karl Edward Burrows

July 13, 1962 — October 21, 2022


Karl Burrows passed away in La Crosse, WI after a battle with cancer on Friday, October 21st, 2022 with his wife Kelly at his side. He was born in Kenosha, WI, to Carol and Lee Burrows, the family moved to Dubuque, Iowa and then later Minneiska, MN where he attended high school in Winona, MN. He grew up with his siblings Jennifer, Taje, and Mattias as well as foster children, Joe, Chuck, and Billy were among them.


Karl loved the outdoors; fishing, hunting, trapping, dirt bikes, motorcycles, and hang gliding. He also grew up with his horse Sissy that he loved to ride bareback. Because of the aforementioned hobbies, he was known to break a limb or two. Karl had a love for adventure whether it was planning a trip to the Boundary Waters or a weekend on the Mississippi. The Mississippi River was his sanctuary. He loved gathering with friends and family. He also adored his dogs. Jessie, his German Shorthaired Pointer, was always by his side. She shared his love of hunting and fishing; she was essentially the hood ornament on his little fishing boat. 


He obtained a degree in Welding Fabrication in Albert Lea in 1983. His welding took him all over the U.S. He lived in Phoenix, AZ for a few years before returning back to the Midwest. 


Karl married Shannon (Randall) and they had their daughter, Kayla. Though their marriage ended, they shared their beautiful daughter. Karl and Kayla shared many memorable moments together. He taught her how to fish and drive. They spent their time together camping, fishing, canoeing, staying in cabins and going on adventures in Montana, and the Dakotas.


He later began a career in wind turbines as a millwright. He loved “chasing the wind.” He met his wife Kelly (Burkart) and they traveled all through the country for Wanzek Construction. They lived all over, but Texas was their absolute favorite. Their dog Biscuit accompanied them on all of their adventures. 


Karl’s work ethic was inspiring, his laugh and sense of humor contagious, and his storytelling was unmatched. 


Karl is survived by his wife Kelly, his daughter Kayla (Oliver), father Leeland, siblings Jennifer (Terry), Taje (Laura), and Matt, nephews Ethan and Sawyer, niece Gretchen, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Karl is preceded in death by his mother Carol, grandparents Sam and Lucille Miller, grandparents Fred and Adeline Burrows, uncle Sam Miller, uncle Kenny Eilers and cousin Spencer Scheil. A Celebration of Life will be held this Saturday, October 29th from 12:00-3:00pm at Trails End (120 Bridge St, Minnesota City, formerly L-Cove). A small service will be held at 3:00pm outside. Minnesota Vikings attire is encouraged. 


Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting “Holy shit…what a ride!!”




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