James “Jim” B. Burmester, age 49, passed away on Friday, September 16, 2016 after a courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by family. He was born on September 26, 1966 in Monroe, Wis., to Neil and Sallie (Quinn) Burmester. He graduated from Pardeeville High School. Jim excelled in basketball, lettering all three years, and making the all-conference team. After graduating in 1985, Jim attended the University of Oshkosh, where he enjoyed college life, and received his B.A. in Business. After college, Jim worked in Probation and Parole in Madison. He then moved on to work with mini storage and rental properties.

Jim met Nikki Eddy in 1994; they had two daughters, Alexa and Adrianna. As a family, they traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and outside of the country. Jim’s love for fairs and festivals brought him to every one he could find in the tri-state area, most favorite being Summerfest and the Wisconsin State Fair. In the summer months, he loved spending time with his family at the cottage and condo on Castle Rock Lake. At the lake, he enjoyed Friday night fish fry, listening to bands, fishing, boating and using the wave runner. He loved spending the winter months at their house in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana. Jim loved attending Mallards games, and collected every bobble head available for the past seven years.

He had a special love for ATVing with his brother, cousin Derek, and friends.

Jim is survived by his family, Nikki and daughters Alexa and Adrianna, of DeForest; brother, Bob (Susan) Burmester, niece, Makayla, and nephew, Jacob of Lodi; sister-in-law, Michelle Possin, of Madison, and numerous aunts, an uncle, cousins, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his father Neil, mother Sallie, and brother Bill.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest. A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Everyone is invited to a Celebration of Life, that will be held at the VFW Post 8483, 5737 County Hwy C V, Madison, WI, following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 8317 Elderberry Rd, Madison, WI 53717.

A special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the UW Carbone Cancer Center, and Agrace HospiceCare.