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345 Main Street
Brookville, PA 15825
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Donald Burkett

Donald Harry Burkett

Thursday, August 16th, 1934 - Saturday, April 20th, 2019
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Don Burkett, age 84, faithful follower of Jesus Christ, loving husband and father, and friend to so many, went home to be with his Lord on April 20, 2019. At the time of his death, he was a resident of Clarview Nursing Home in Sligo, PA. His family is so thankful for the wonderful, kind and compassionate care that he received there. Don was born in Timblin, PA, on August 16, 1934 to Walter and Ruth (Thompson) Burkett. He graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1952 and some of the most treasured memories of his life were associated with the 35th anniversary cruise sponsored by his classmate, Delbert Dunmire. Don served his country in the United States Air Force and enjoyed sharing the experiences of his time in Germany along with his knowledge of the dialect he learned while he was there. Later, he so enjoyed his time as a member of the American Legion in New Bethlehem. After his time in the service, he attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics Education. A brilliant mathematician, he later attained his Master’s Degree in Mathematics through Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He married his beloved wife, D. Jean Kiehl on November 26, 1960 in Frostburg, PA. Jean preceded him in death on June 3, 1999. Don taught Math at Redbank Valley High School for over 30 years, retiring in 1993. He was a much-beloved, passionate and caring teacher who would remember and greet former students by name even if he hadn’t seen them in 30 years! Baseball was a great passion of his life. He played baseball for Timblin in his youth and then coached baseball at Redbank Valley as well as Little League, Teener League, and American Legion. He loved to tell about his undefeated 1966 Redbank Valley team. He was also a brilliant punster who loved plays on words and the groans of his audience. He was known for his sunny, kind, and upbeat disposition. He was always quick with a joke or funny story. He especially enjoyed spending time with his friends at the Heritage House in Brookville, teaching Tai Chi while regaling his audience with many jokes and songs. He loved playing bridge there as well. He served as a board member of the local Area Agency on Aging. He was a fiercely loyal and faithful father who loved and cared for his family. But the story of Don Burkett’s life would be incomplete if it was not told what made him such a remarkable, kind, and giving man. Don loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who completely transformed his life. Don sung His praises regularly and served Him in many capacities. He was a Sunday School teacher for many years and served on various church boards and committees. He also loved to accompany a group from the Roseville Church of Christ that would visit nursing homes and sing hymns with them. Don loved people and sought to show them Christ’s love in all that he did. In addition to his beloved wife, Don was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Harold Burkett. Don is survived by his sister, Elizabeth Emery of Emerickville and sister-in-law Gertrude “Joyce” Burkett of Brookville. He is survived by his special friend, Shirley Emery of Brookville. He is also survived by his sons, Jeffrey Burkett (wife, Carrie), of Sigel, and William Burkett of Brookville as well as granddaughter Cassandra Burkett, and grandsons Nathan Burkett and Caleb Burkett, all of Sigel. Friends and family will be received at McKinney-d’Argy Funeral Home at 345 Main Street, Brookville, PA on Thursday, April 25th, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Friday, April 26th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. and will be co-officiated by Pastor Jimmy Swogger and Don’s son, Jeff. Interment will take place at Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville, PA. Memorial donations may be made to a charity for which Don had great affection, Jews for Jesus, at 60 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Online condolences and other information may be found by visiting www.mckinneydargy.com
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, April 25th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home
    Address
    345 Main Street
    BROOKVILLE, PA 15825
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home
    Address
    345 Main Street
    BROOKVILLE, PA 15825
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  • Service

    Friday, April 26th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 26th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    McKinney - d'Argy Funeral Home
    Address
    345 Main Street
    BROOKVILLE, PA 15825
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    Officiant
    Pastor Jimmy Swogger
  • Interment

    Location
    Lakelawn Memorial Park
    Address
    51 Lakelawn Dr
    REYNOLDSVILLE, PA
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Julie L Johnson

Posted at 10:37pm
I only knew Don for a few years, but I could tell he was a man of good old-fashioned character, passionate about things that mattered to him, and had a deep love in his soul for his Lord.
What a great legacy he left for his family and so many other people whose lives he touched.
I can only imagine how he must have been singing his heart out on his first Easter celebration in heaven!
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Lisa Brumbaugh

Posted at 09:27am
Jeff, I just learned of your dad's passing yesterday. The last time I saw him was at my mom's funeral 2 1/2 years ago. He knew me by name immediately and had stories to share, even though it had been 25+ years since I had seen him last! He was a wonderful man and I know your family will miss him deeply. You all have my deepest sympathy.
Lisa (Allen) Brumbaugh
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Tim & Connie Jordan

Posted at 10:45am
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Richard Umberhocker

Posted at 10:23am
Don was a wonderful man. He set me on my career path in computer lab (with those TRS 80s). He fostered my love for math. And gave us all wonderful times as a coach in baseball. Most of all, he taught us how to do it all with integrity. I will miss him dearly.
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Shanelle Hawk

Posted at 09:34am
Great man, I thought he was indestructible! Doing those one armed push-ups kept him in shape for a long time and he entertained us with them at our last 1971 class reunion. One memory I have is that around 1982 or 83 he came to my house and helped me set up my first computer, a used TRS 80 or some huge slow monster. I still have the saddle that came with that computer (yes, saddle)

God bless you and yours,

Shanelle Hawk
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