A Celebration of Life Service for Gene Burkett, age 71, will be at 2:00 PM Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Central Christian Church, with Pastor John McLemore officiating. Visitation with family will be Wednesday evening 6:00 to 7:00 PM at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home. Gene’s final resting place will be Oakridge Cemetery near Bono, Arkansas.
Gene was born to William Clifford and Betty (Ransom) Burkett on January 18, 1943, in Los Angeles, and passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014, at his home in Enid.
Gene’s family moved from California to Guthrie when Gene was four years old. He graduated from Guthrie High School. On January 11, 1964, Gene married Naomi Puckett. He then served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Gene graduated from Central State University in 1971. In 1974, Gene spent ten weeks training in Nottingham, England, working in the Raleigh Plant. He then was a part of the training team to get the Enid Raleigh Bicycle Plant in operation. Gene later worked at the Chesterfield Cylinder Plant. After those plants closed, the Burkett’s moved to Mesa, Arizona, and moved back to Enid in 1990. Gene was the first director of the Enid Convention Center, before going to work at Autry Tech, where he was Industrial Coordinator until his retirement on December 31, 2010. Gene was a member of Central Christian Church and participated in the Walk to Emmaus. He was a member of OPMUG (Oklahoma Predictive Maintenance Group), Corvettes of Enid, and Enid Antique Car Club.
Gene is survived by his wife of fifty years, Naomi; sister Barbara Nix and husband Steve of Edmond; Naomi’s family; Katie and Bella, his fur babies; and many friends.
Memorials may be made to OMRF.