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Ricardas Burba
Mire rugsejo 10d. Woodstock, Il.
Gime Cikagoje, 1955m kovo 16 d. A.A. Ricardas buvo a.a. Romo ir Metos Burbu sunus.
Lanke Maironio Lituanistine Mokykla Lemonte
Buvo juru skautas ir dalyvavo Rako Stovykloje.
Priklause Spindulio sokio grupei.
Priklause Sv. Kazimierio parapijai, Gary, Indiana.
Baige Western Illinois Universiteta ir MBA Rosary College.
Buvo Pasaulio Lietuviu Centro ilgametis izdininkas ir tarybos narys.
Su zmona, Dr. Linda Burbiene, valde Audiologic Services, klausos gelbejimo kompanija.
Dideliame nuliudime liko zmona, Dr. Linda Burbiene, teta Rita Martisiuniene,
sunenai ir dukterecios Justinas(Jen) Riskus (Lukas, Andrius), Ricardas(Leslie) Ruzga
(Charlotte, Jacob, Owen, Claire), Antanas(Amanda) Ruzga (Brayden, Evan),Paulius(Aleksandra) Riskus (Mykolas), Diana Ruzga, Edvardas(McKenna) Ruzga
Antanas Riskus, broliene Dalia Ruzgiene, svogeris Jurgis Riskus.
Velionis bus pasarvotas penktadieni, rugsejo 14d, 4v.pp iki 9vv Palaimintojo Jurgio Matulaicio Misijoje Lemonte.
Ten pat misios bus aukojamos, rugsejo 15d. 9 val. ryto. Po sventu misiu velionis bus palaidotas Tautinese Kapinese.
Vietoj geliu, prasom aukoti Lietuviu Pasaulio Centrui, 14911 127th St. Lemont, IL. 60439
Kvieciame artimuosius ir draugus dalyvauti laidotuvese.

Nuliudusi seima

Ričardas (Rich), affectionately known as Richie, was born to Romas and Meta Burba in 1955 in Chicago. His Lithuanian born parents, like so many of their generation, fled war torn Europe for the shelter of America after the Second World War. Richie grew up in Cicero, attended St. Anthony’s Lithuanian Parish and school, then later moved to Lemont. At Lemont H.S. (Class of ’73) he excelled at running back (once the coaches convinced his parents to let him go out for football) and his passion for sports carried on through his dedication to his many athletic nephews and nieces. When looking into the stands, you could always count on Uncle Richie to be at the game and cheer you on.
Rich’s work ethic was known to many. He spent his summers at the steel mill in order to pay his own way through Western Illinois University, sometimes taking 24 hours a semester (only he could pull off a stunt like that) in order to graduate a year early with a degree in accounting and then later an MBA from Dominican University. His early corporate career was spent at Power Parts, where he established himself as a leader with integrity. Those who know Rich will tell you about his strong character-his honesty, work ethic, self-sacrifice and dedication. In 1994 he joined his wife, Dr. Linda Burba, to form Audiologic Services and together they built it into a successful practice that helped thousands of clients. Later, Rich’s leadership skills led to him becoming a founding member of Audigy Group. His mentorship helped other practitioners formulate their careers into best practices.
Rich worked hard but played hard as well; he was an avid skier (Vail being a favorite spot), traveled across Europe, relaxed on the beaches of Cancun, and somehow found time to take care of two horses and up to thirty beloved Siberian Huskies. He drove many long hours to race them throughout the upper Midwest with Linda (his partner in crime), often letting his nieces and nephews tag along.
His numerous nephews and nieces (as well as grand-nephews/nieces) will always remember how Richie was truly a kid at heart. This favorite uncle was always good for a round of rough housing, riding rollercoasters, playing basketball, packing trucks and helping you move or watching a good action movie into the late hours of the night (watch Under Siege-it’s a classic). He even played the hero in real life, saving people from drowning (as a lifeguard), choking (as a vigilant restaurant patron) and sled dogs from a burning truck (I am not making this up). He was truly selfless, gave the wisest advice, looked out for your best interests, and could always be counted upon for anything.
With Linda it was love at first sight, and their marriage was an example for all to follow. Richie and Linda met at the 1980 Lithuanian Dance Festival and married shortly after. They were inseparable for over thirty-five years and together they built a wonderful life.
Rich was an active and lifelong member of the Lithuanian-American community. In his youth, he was a proud sea scout as well as a member of the Spindulys dance group. In 1988, he put his business acumen to good use to help found the Lithuanian World Center in Lemont, Illinois, serving as its treasurer and longtime member of its board. Rich was an ardent supporter of Lithuania and was front and center in the Lithuanian-American effort to help the nation gain its independence.

He was preceded in death by his parents Romas and Meta. In addition to Linda, Richie leaves behind his aunt (Rita Matsiunaite), and many beloved nephews and nieces: Justinas (Jen) Riskus (Lukas, Andrius), Richard (Leslie) Ruzga (Charlotte, Jacob, Owen, Claire), Anthony (Amanda) Ruzga (Braydon, Evan), Paulius (Alexsandra) Riskus (Mykolas), Diana Ruzga, Eddy (McKenna) Ruzga, and Antanas Riskus. “Dėdė Richie” leaves behind a well-worn spot at the family table that will never be filled but always remembered. Words cannot describe how deeply the loss of Richie will be felt. His wonderful life will be fondly remembered, and he leaves behind a loving legacy that will live on in the memories of his many grieving family members and friends. May he rest in peace forever, up above and in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Offerings in Richard's name may be made to the Lithuanian World Center, 14911 127th Street, Lemont, Illinois 60439, and will be deeply appreciated.

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Lithuanian National Cemetery

8100 S. Kean Avenue
Justice,, Illinois 60458

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Lithuanian World Center

14911 127th St.
Lemont,, Illinois 60439

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