Roger Elmer Burdorf “Santa”

NEW ULM – Roger Elmer Burdorf “Santa”, 69, of New Ulm, died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at his home in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 26 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Jeffrey A. Bovee officiating. Burial will follow in New Ulm City Cemetery in New Ulm.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, SOUTH CHAPEL, in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Wednesday. To leave an online condolence or to sign the guest book for his family go to

Roger is survived by his wife, Sandra Burdorf of New Ulm; mother, Lucille Burdorf of Courtland; daughter and son-in-law, Paula (Burdorf) and Robert Ring of Hudson, Wisconsin; son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Pam Burdorf of New Ulm; grandchildren, Cody Ring, Kayla Ring, Bailey Ring, Kyle Burdorf, Oriana Burdorf; sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie (Burdorf) and Steve Fluegge of New Ulm; brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Linda Burdorf of Montevideo; brothers-in-law, Gary (Sue) Paulson, Robert (Debbie) Paulson, Ray (Linda) Paulson, Steve (Teri) Paulson; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Burdorf; granddaughter, Nicole Burdorf; brother, Dale Burdorf; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edgar and Donna Paulson.

Roger Elmer Burdorf was born on July 12, 1944 in New Ulm to Elmer and Lucille (Langhorst) Burdorf. He attended Immanuel Lutheran grade school in Courtland and graduated from New Ulm High School. After high school, Roger served with the National Guard. On July 11, 1964, Roger was united in marriage to Sandra Paulson in Courtland. Roger worked at AMPI in New Ulm and then for the next 29 years as a Police Officer for the New Ulm Police Department. Roger was also Santa in New Ulm from 1994-2012. Roger enjoyed being in the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, camping, trapping, and riding his motorcycle. He loved spending time with his dogs and was well known for his storytelling abilities. Roger was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm and the Flying Dutchmen Motorcycle Club.

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