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Bryan A. Burkhalter

March 1, 1965 - November 16, 2020

Funeral Home Henry W. Anderson Mortuary, Apple Valley

An invite only Funeral Service will be held at 10:30am on Mon., November 23rd, 2020 at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Tr., Rosemount, MN 55068. Arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of attendees and abide by the executive order. If you were invited to the service, please enter at the south side door, door #2. If you did not receive a personal invite to be indoors, you are encouraged to respond to a staging area at Rosemount High School parking lot, 3335 142nd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068, where you will be parked to watch the service virtually at [https://youtu.be/nG8eRWI5otY]. We ask that you remain parked at the staging area for the “Last Ride.” A procession of Rosemount Squads, the Bearcat, and Bryan’s family will drive through your location so that you may pay final respects to Bryan and to support his family.

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Burkhalter, Bryan A.

Age 55, died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home in Finlayson, MN on November 16, 2020. Bryan was born to William and Marlene (Strese) Burkhalter in Farmington, MN. He attended Rosemount Public Schools, graduating from Rosemount High School. Bryan obtained his Associates of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Inver Hills Community College.

Bryan worked several jobs in the Rosemount community, including being a Rosemount Fire Fighter. During this time, he joined the Rosemount Police Department (RPD) and went on to enjoy a fulfilling, 30 plus years with the RPD. He mentored many young and old officers and faithfully served the Rosemount community and surrounding area. He was a long-time member of the South Metro Swat Team (Dakota County-MAAG), attaining the position of commander before retiring from the Team in 2011. Upon retirement from RPD, Bryan worked for the U.S. Marshal’s Service at the St. Paul Federal Courthouse and as a Court Deputy for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Department. He considered all the men and women in the law enforcement profession to be his family. In fact, he met his future wife, Lynn Lipinski (now retired Shakopee Police Officer) in the 1980’s and when their paths crossed again, they married to form a two-officer household.

Bryan touched the lives of so many – both professionally and personally. He was the guy who would give you the shirt off his back and was often the first to offer his help. He never hesitated to school you in the Minnesota Traffic Statutes, Minnesota Commercial Vehicle Inspections, and was rarely seen without a toothpick sticking out the side of his mouth.

He was the most amazing grandpa to his granddaughters who somehow had him wrapped around their fingers….who would have guessed. They were the light of his life and made each day so very special.

Bryan is survived by his amazing wife, Lynn Lipinski; son, Steve Pesek (Kelly Harrington); daughter, Nicole (Kevin) Frederick; granddaughters, Abigail and Madelyn; step-sons, Tony (Ann) Horton, Matt (Megan) Horton and their children; mother, Marlene (Strese) Burkhalter; sister, Leslie Burkhalter (Rob Schlafmann); sister, Heidi (Scott) Koenig; niece, Keaton; nephew, Cade; father-in-law, Leonard Lipinski (Judy Beltz); sisters and brothers-in-law, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. A close group of Rosemount High school friends. Bryan will also be missed by his friends at Big Pine Lake and now family in Arizona. Bryan is survived by hundreds of his brothers and sisters in blue. He will be dearly missed by his blue family. He is preceded in death by his father, William ‘Bill’ Burkhalter.

An invite only Funeral Service will be held at 10:30am on Mon., November 23rd, 2020 at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S. Robert Tr., Rosemount, MN 55068. Arrangements have been made to ensure the safety of attendees and abide by the executive order. If you were invited to the service, please enter at the south side door, door #2. If you did not receive a personal invite to be indoors, you are encouraged to respond to a staging area at Rosemount High School parking lot, 3335 142nd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068, where you will be parked to watch the service virtually at [https://youtu.be/nG8eRWI5otY]. We ask that you remain parked at the staging area for the “Last Ride.” A procession of Rosemount Squads, the Bearcat, and Bryan’s family will drive through your location so that you may pay final respects to Bryan and to support his family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bryan’s memory may be made in his name to the following non-profit organizations: Backing the Blue Line https://www.backingtheblueline.org and MN Chapter of Concerns for Police Survivors https://www.concernsofpolicesurvivors.org/minnesotacops#.