After chatting with the Good Lord for two years during his battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, He and Stoney decided it was time to go home. Stoney took his trip on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.
Stoney started his earthly ventures on April 10, 1948, with Everett and Hazel (Cole) Burt. He was born Gary Dean Burt at home near Rochester. He moved with his family to Pine Island in 1962, graduated from Pine Island High School and Winona Technical College before serving honorably in the Army for two years.
He worked for a time as an over-the-road driver, a 49er, in Inhalation Therapy at Mayo Clinic while bartending and finally entering the Trades with the Ironworker's Local #512 Minneapolis/St. Paul for 41 yrs. He was a former member of the Pine Island American Legion, a member of the American Legion Tom Whitmore Post 28 of Green River, Wyo., and the Korean War Veteran's Club of Rochester.
During that time, he began Burt's Portable Welding to service the farmers in the area including his snowplowing service at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church and Saint Michael's Catholic Church and sometimes whoever lived along the way back home, served with the Pine Island Volunteer Fire Department 15 years - the last three years as Chief. He was also lead singer for the band Stoney Burt and the Heartbreakers for 10 years ('85-'95) playing locally and in Iowa and Wisconsin. The band played many years at the Pine Island Fireman's Dance, the Street Dance for the Pine Island Cheese Festival and many New Year's Eve Parties at Sandy Point Supper Club. The Band played many wedding dances, anniversaries, birthday parties and several local clubs, where he always presented his "Elvis" show.
He loved gardening his 6 ft. tomatoes for canning and sharing. He also liked helping the kids who came around in the summer with their bike problems; his goal was to show them once how to fix something and then be available with tools and time whenever they needed him. His garage was seldom empty.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley; sons, Matthew (Kjell and Bronte) and Susan (Dawson and Hailey), Shakopee, Marshall and Therésa, Green River, Wyo.; and daughter, Danielle (Jade) Stover and Rob Frerk, New Prague; siblings, Curt (Alice), Oronoco, Maggie Berg, Judy Garske and Julaine (Al) Felstead, all of Rochester, Alvin (Stub) (Gloria), Pine Island, Bonnie (Larry) Schumann, Pine City, and Linda (Dick) Warneke, Lemon Grove, Calif.; many cherished nieces and nephews and their children, covering three generations; a loving cousin, Donna (Dave) Mahlum, Ettrick, Wis.; and special families, Jeff and Amy Leif, Inver Grove Heights, Dave and Jen Shopp, Rochester, and Jeremy Stover, Austin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Everett (Pete-Tiger) Jr. and Robert; and sisters, Charlotte (Harold) Stafford, Inez (Dick) Brown and Harriet (Andy) Towe.
In lieu of a funeral, there will be a Celebration of Life from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Pine Island American Legion Post 184, 108 First Ave. SE, Pine Island, Minn.
Donations can be made to: HealthWell Foundation, 20440 Century Blvd., Germantown, MD 20874.