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Bradley Burgum

Bradley Joseph Burgum, 58, Casselton, N.D., died suddenly on February 14, 2010, surrounded by his wife, Julie and immediate members of his family.

Bradley Burgum was born January 3, 1952 in Fargo, to Joseph and Katherine Kilbourne Burgum. He grew up in Arthur, N.D., where he spent summers working for the family agricultural business, learning the lessons of hard work, integrity, and honesty that would serve him the rest of his life.

In 1970, Bradley graduated from Dakota High School. He attended North Dakota State University, Fargo, where he was treasurer of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the first of many times he was entrusted with managing the finances for organizations. At NDSU he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business economics and became a lifelong enthusiastic Bison fan. He then earned his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where he served as business manager of The North Dakota Law Review.

It was at NDSU where Bradley met his wife and best friend of more than 35 years, Julie Opp. After dating throughout college, Julie and Brad were married on July 31, 1976 in Streeter, N.D., at St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

The couple then made their home in Casselton, where Bradley joined the Woell Law Office LP in 1977, later becoming the Burgum Law Firm, and began a long career as an attorney and CPA. Brad and Julie's life in the community where they chose to raise their family became so much more than simply living somewhere; their life in Casselton became the very definition of what it means to be part of a community.

Brad's dedication to public service began when he helped create the Casselton Ambulance Service in 1978. He was a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician for over thirty years, going on countless ambulance runs day or night, calmly helping neighbors and strangers in times of crisis. His long commitment to volunteerism and public service included helping found the Central Cass Dollars for Scholars program and serving as City Attorney of Casselton since 1978.

Bradley is survived by his wife, Julie (Opp) Burgum of Casselton; his two sons, James Burgum (Abigail) of Fargo and Benjamin Burgum (Katie) and grandchildren Parks and Grant Burgum of Chanhassen, Minn. He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Burgum of Deephaven, Minn. and brother, Douglas Burgum of Fargo; his father and mother-in-law, Reinhold and Esther Opp, Napoleon, N.D.; his brother-in-law, Galen (Barb) Opp, Napoleon, N.D., and sister-in-law, Pamelyn (John) Galegher, Thompson, N.D. Other relatives include his eight nieces and nephews, Joseph, Jessamine, and Thomas Burgum; Andrew, Jenna, and Shannon Galegher; Lance (Heather) Sherman and Shane Sherman, and numerous cousins. Bradley was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Katherine Kilbourne Burgum.

Bradley was incredibly giving of his time and talents. His last gift was one of the greatest of all, as he and his family chose to give the gift of life to others in fulfilling his wishes to be an organ donor. Four families received the ultimate Valentine's Day gift with the phone call that a stranger had answered their prayers for life-saving transplants.

Visitation and prayer services were held on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Martin's Lutheran Church, Casselton.

A memorial service was held on Sat., Feb. 20, 2010, at Martin's Lutheran Church in Casselton. Interment was at the Casselton Cemetery and a reception was held at the Spirit of Life Center at St Leo's in Casselton immediately follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Casselton Ambulance Service, Central Cass Dollars for Scholars, and Bradley J. Burgum Scholarship Fund at the NDSU Development Foundation.

Condolences can be sent online:

(West Funeral Home, Casselton)