In loving memory of

Jeff Burlingame
November 4, 1965 - January 3, 2021

Jeff Burlingame, 55, of Spring Valley died Sunday, January 3, 2021 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary's Campus in Rochester. Jeff was born November 4, 1965 in Wabasha to Larry and Darlene (Ploman) Burlingame. Jeff was raised near Nelson, WI and graduated from Alma High School in 1984. He went on to attend DeVry Institute in Phoenix to study electrical engineering for a year. He then returned to the area and attended Winona State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in business. Jeff went on to work for Riverside Electronics in Lewiston before Pemstar in Rochester. Pemstar later became Benchmark Electronics where Jeff currently worked as a product engineer. He has lived in Spring Valley for the past 20 years. Jeff was known as a "motor head". He enjoyed messing with cars and engines. He was proud of the repairing his 1974 Jeep Cherokee wagon as a teenager. He also built his own speaker cabinets for his 12" sub woofers, which sounded great for the mid-1980's. Survivors include two brothers, Michael Burlingame of Winona and Leigh (Debra) Burlingame, and their family, Li Ann, Alexander and Eduardo, of St. Charles. He was preceded in death by his parents. Services to remember Jeff will be 11 a.m. Friday at Hoff Funeral Service in St. Charles, led by funeral celebrant Jodi Heim. Cremation will follow services. Burial will take place in Nelson, WI at a later date. Please share a memory of Jeff at his online guestbook at

Jeff's funeral service can be live streamed through the following link.


Julie Goeldner wrote on Jan 16, 2021:

"Such a sweetheart! So saddened to hear of Jeff?s passing. Throughout high school and college Jeff was a good friend. He was a kind and sweet soul. He will be sadly missed. My condolences to the Burlingame family. "

Glen and Ruth Ploman wrote on Jan 8, 2021:

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of our nephew Jeff. The service was beautiful and very meaningful. Our sincere regrets that we were unable to be there in person to comfort you. Leigh and family, and Mike you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Glen and Ruth "

Tess Burlingame wrote on Jan 8, 2021:

"Leigh and Deb and boys, Mike, The service was beautiful. I'm so sorry we couldn't attend. This loss is heartbreaking and made harder because we can't be there to hug you. We will keep you in our prayers with the hope that it will hold you up in the hard days ahead. Blessings and love to all of you. Tess Burlingame"

Paul Olson wrote on Jan 7, 2021:

"So very sad to hear of this news. I was fortunate to be able to work with Jeff at Benchmark and him be a member of my team. "

Kirk Handahl wrote on Jan 7, 2021:

"Very sad to hear this, Jeff was an Engineer of the highest level, more than that he was a very good man. A man of reason and just a good guy . He was a true gentleman and friend that I will miss always ."

James Sievers wrote on Jan 6, 2021:

"I've known Jeff and his brother Leigh for years, years back at Riverside, and more recently at Benchmark. Jeff was very dedicated in all he did, and did it very well. I recall his enjoyment with adding on to the ever-growing automation projects in his home. So sad to here this. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss."

Michelle Zeichert Nelson wrote on Jan 6, 2021:

"I have so many childhood memories of this sweet person, running free, mixing up mud pies and driving our parents crazy! One of my favorite times was losing the hamster in the house and spending hours searching for it. Jeff was always the best friend ever. When nobody asked me to prom, Jeff did. When I needed a ride to Winona State, Jeff was there. He was shy, kind and I loved his laugh. Be at peace my friend. I will remember you fondly. I know I made fun of that giant monster truck, but the sparkle it put in your eyes was awesome. Michelle Zeichert Nelson"

Henry and Beth (Burlingame) Crowder wrote on Jan 6, 2021:

"Michael and Leigh, Debra and Family. We were so sorry to hear of Jeff's unexpected passing. Our hearts and thoughts are with all of you during this time of loss. Love, Henry and Beth (Burlingame) Crowder (Your Uncle Archie's Daughter and Son-in-Law)"

Tammy Fabian wrote on Jan 6, 2021:

"Sorry to hear about Jeff. Many fun memories of him. Sending prayers and hugs to the family. "

Chad Burlingame wrote on Jan 6, 2021:

"My condolences, Leigh and Michael."

Byron Collins wrote on Jan 6, 2021:

"I enjoyed working with Jeff at Pemstar. He was always willing to listen and to offer his words of advice and wisdom Byron"

Kate (Passehl)Burt wrote on Jan 6, 2021:

"Leigh- so sorry to you and your family for your loss of your brother. May you find comfort knowing what an impact Jeff made on so many people and the many memories you have. ~Kate and Darwin Burt~"

Bob Hughes wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"We all lost a little more than we could afford with the passing of Jeff.. I consider it a real an honor to have known him and to have been able to work with him . A truely one of a kind who will be greatly missed. Condolences to the family."

Renee Vehrenkamp wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"I worked with Jeff for many years between Pemstar and Benchmark. We had many conversations about his vacations and retiring. He was a great friend and engineer. He was always willing to help anyway he could. We truly lost a great one. God?s Blessings to Jeff?s family during this difficult time."

James Heath wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"Shocked. Jeff coached me at Pemstar, years ago. A fantastic engineer, he was so aware of his impact on our team. RIP, Jeff."

Glady Nord wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"Such shocking news! I worked with Jeff many years Penstar/Benchmark he was alway willing to help when needed and never complained. He will be missed by many. Sending prayers through this difficult time. RIP"

Mike Sipe wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

" Jeff will be TRULY missed ! RIP."

Melinda Palm wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"I am so sorry, and shocked to hear of his passing. I know how much he was ready to retire and travel. He was so smart and good at what he did and made a big impact as an engineer here at Benchmark. He will be greatly missed. Sending many thoughts and prayers to Jeff's family. "

Cheryl Cornelius wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"Such a shock to hear of Jeff's passing. I worked with Jeff at Benchmark. He was an all around Great Guy and will be missed. My deepest sympathy to his family. "

Diane Stimson wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"I worked with Jeff for many years, what a perfectionist and was always there when I needed his help. I considered Jeff a good friend and he will be missed."

Cristina Hennesey wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"I worked with Jeff at Benchmark Electronics he was the Product Engineer for my programs. He would always do anything for me right away. He was looking forward to retire. He had the must amazing personality. I trust in God he?s now enjoying of his well deserved freedom. You and your family are in my prayers and you will be truly mi missed."

MICHELLE GRIEBENOW wrote on Jan 5, 2021:

"I worked with Jeff at Benchmark for many year. He could always answer any questions you had for him. HE IS Truly one of the good one he will be missed dearly. RIP Jeff"