Robert J. ”Bob” Burkert, age 87 of Elwood, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital in Anderson following a brief illness. He was born July 15, 1926 in Alexandria, the son of John P. and Ethel P. (Day) Burkert. Bob retired in 1991 as a custodian from the Tipton School Corporation after 15 years of service. He also formerly worked for 30 years at Anaconda Wire Company in Anderson. He attended Alexandria schools and later married Eileen “Pat” Burton on August 23, 1943. They shared nearly 65 years of marriage. Bob served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II in the Phillipines and occupied Japan. He later received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his accomplishments. He was very proud of his service to the country, and was a member of the Anderson V.F.W. Bob enjoyed camping, fishing, fixing all kinds of things, and dining out with family. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Robert’s family would like to thank the St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital staff including the nurses, hospice staff, chaplains, sisters, aids, and especially Dr. Parker for the wonderful care provided to him.
Robert’s family includes 4 children, Pat Raison of Anderson, Robert (wife Linda) Burkert, Jr. of Tipton, Jim Burkert of Elwood, and Penny Groover of Alexandria; 2 sisters, Sheila Short of Anderson, and Virginia Close of Anderson; brother-in-law, Harold Longmire of Texas; 3 grandchildren, Amy (husband Doug) Avona of Greenwood, Mandy (husband Craig) Shafer of Elwood, and Kara Martin of Anderson; 9 great-grandchildren, Michael, Whitney, Travis, Dakota, Caleb, Sydney, Garrett, Olivia, and Emily; great great-granddaughter, Erika; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eileen “Pat” (Burton) Burkert who died in 2008; beloved daughter, Cynthia Burkert who died in 2011; son-in-law, Larry Raison; and 6 sisters.
A funeral service celebrating Robert’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home in Elwood with Shannon Crowder of the Latter Day Saints Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Aroma Cemetery in Atlanta, and will include military honors by the U.S. Army. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 PM on Monday, March 17, 2014 at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elwood Branch of Latter Day Saints Church through the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at copherfeslermay.com.