Eric J. Burkholder

Eric J. Burkholder, age 51, of Dubuque, IA, completed his earthly journey on  March 17, 2024, at home while surrounded by his loving family and friends.  To honor Eric’s life, a private family service is being held.  The Tri-State Cremation Center is humbly serving Eric’s family.


Eric was born on September 16, 1972, in Cuba City, WI, a son to Clifford William Burkholder and Debra Jean Ludwig.  He kept life simple and enjoyed each moment as it came throughout his 51 years.  Eric was a faithful and loyal Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer’s fan.  Whenever his teams took the field, Eric always enjoyed watching them and cheering them on to victory.  He also enjoyed spending time in the kitchen working on his next delicious meal.  Eric found great satisfaction in feeding those around him whenever possible and keeping everyone happy with full bellies at the end of the day.  But, all in all, Eric truly treasured the time he was able to sit and visit with his family and friends.  Conversations could go in any direction at any point, and Eric was always content to be in the mix when the opportunities arose.  We are going to miss Eric more than words could accurately depict.  His kind and gentle nature will definitely be missed by all who knew and loved him.  Thank you, Eric, for all of the positive influence and wonderful memories you leave behind and may the Lord keep you safe in His loving arms until we all meet again.


Those left behind to cherish the memory of Eric include,

his children,

Perry Burkholder,

Ethan Burkholder,

and Kelsey Galazin, all of Dubuque, IA;


his friend and partner of 11 years,

Rachel Myers, Dubuque, IA;


his father,

Clifford W. Burkholder, Cedar Rapids, IA;


his brother,

Mark (Kristy) Burkholder, Surprise, AZ;


along with numerous extended family, friends, and neighbors.


Eric was preceded in death by his mother, Debra Jean Ludwig; his grandson, Mateo Burkholder; his maternal grandparents, Richard (Marie) Ludwig; and his paternal grandparents, James (Shirley) Burkholder.


Eric’s family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Hospice of Dubuque for all of their professional and compassionate care.  We would also like to share a sincere expression of gratitude to all of Eric’s friends, especially Patty Johnson, who gave so much of their time and efforts to make Eric’s last days among us as comfortable as possible.  We will miss Eric dearly and are forever grateful for everyone who left a positive imprint on his life while we could. 


Online condolences may be shared with Eric’s family at

To honor Eric’s life, a private family service is being held.

2 comments on “Eric J. Burkholder
  1. Angela says:

    Send my love out to his family and children.wish I could of got the chance to say bye but I am to sick to go to say bye.He will be missed by many and I miss our chats on my porch when he stopped by and had a cigarette with me.bye our friend u are with the angels now feeling no pain.

  2. Kristy Burkholder says:

    Eric!! I will miss our chats we used to have when you called Mark as we were driving. You were full of life and so much fun Eric! I am so sorry to say goodbye so soon! I know how much Mark loves you and we are all heart broken 💔 We love you.

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