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  • ID: I2780
  • Name: Donald Ray BURKETT 1
  • Sex: M
  • ALIA: /Skinny/
  • Name: Donald BURKETT 2
  • Birth: 20 APR 1919 in Salt Block, Pa. 3
  • Birth: 20 APR 1919 4
  • Death: 7 MAY 2008 in Monroe, Ouachita Parish, La. 3
  • Burial: 10 MAY 2008 Grandview Cemetery, Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa. 3
  • Military Service: 29 APR 1942 US Army
  • Social Security Number: 200-10-9234
  • Note:
    BURKETT , Donald R., 89, formerly of Johnstown, and a resident of Monroe, La., since June 2001, went home to be with his heavenly Father May 7, 2008, at 11:40 a.m. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have remained faithful. Well done my good and faithful servant.” Donald, the third of four children, was born April 20, 1919, in Salt Block, Pa., at 6 p.m. to the union of Sylvester Gary and Bessie Ellen Diehl Burkett. His father was a coal miner and his mother a young housewife. The family moved 25 miles to Johnstown, Pa., where he earned the nickname, Skinny Burkett, at Dale Borough High School. Here is where he met his future wife, Nina Jane Himes. Don was a good athlete, playing football, basketball and tennis before graduating. World War II broke out and as part of this Nation’s greatest generation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Indo China theater at the rank of Sgt., frequently driving the perilous Burma Road. Honorably discharged, Donald returned to Johnstown and worked at Bethlehem Steel. He then became reacquainted with Nina. They were married on June 23, 1946, at Beulah UMC and enjoyed 60 years of marriage. Donald left the steel mill to operate his own retail service business in the community and surrounding area. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings; sister, Marie Costo, and husband, Louis; brother, Earl, and wife, Rose; and brother, Merle, age 9. Also preceding in death were his father and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Himes Jr. of Johnstown, and his dear sister-in-law, Joyce Cook of Loysville, Pa. Left behind to cherish Don’s memory are his son, David Gary Burkett, M.D., and wife, Judy Burkett; grandchildren, David Scott Burkett, M.D., and wife, Ashley Burkett; Laurie Burkett Smiley, J.D., and husband, Shane Smiley, CRNA, all of Monroe, La.; Courtney Burkett Schindler, J.D., and husband, Kevin Schindler, M.D., of San Antonio, Texas; and Brittany Burkett, a Jr. at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; great-grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Burkett, Camille Claire Burkett, Ella Scott Burkett, Marshall Henry Burkett, Benjamin David Burkett and Taylor Alexis Smiley of Monroe, La.; brother-in-law, Philip Cook, DVM, of Loysville, Pa.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Nina and Donald were proof that opposites attract. Don was quiet and offered few opinions while Nina was verbal and had many opinions. A thesaurus would need more pages to describe how good, wonderful and kind Donald was. Honest Abe is a good reference. He was a gentle Ben of a man. His personality was engaging. His love was unconditional and steadfast. Donald’s strength, endurance and faithfulness are to be honored. A Christian from birth, he loved the Lord and knew his Holy Father. A regular church attendee, he was a lifelong member of Beulah United Methodist Church. While living in Monroe, La., he attended Lea Joyner UMC. Don enjoyed fishing, baseball and more baseball. His family suspects he was a Yankee fan just like his father. He was humorous and relished the thought of solitaire, pinochle, hearts, gin, checkers, dominos and almost any other board game. He was unpretentious and unassuming, seeing the good in all people. His love for food is legendary. He served many restaurants and eateries as a food taster, menu critic and oral advertiser without ever asking for a cent. He truly knew the definition of buffet, especially dessert buffet. Even though he was a diabetic, diets were only for other people. This having been said, it is said in loving jest. The greatest compliment that may be bestowed upon a man is that of being a great, great dad. He was a great, great dad. Time will heal the wound and ease the pain of his loss, but the memories of our 57 years together will always remain. I love you, Daddy, and I will sorely miss you. Thank you for everything. Friends will be received from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Charles Shaffer officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery with military rites conducted by Menoher Post 155 VFW Ritual Team. Memorials can be made to Beulah United Methodist Church, 716 Bedford Street, Johnstown, Pa. 15902, in memory of Donald.

    Published in the Johnstown Tribune Democrat from 5/8/2008 - 5/9/2008.




    Father: Gary Silvester BURKETT b: 6 SEP 1893 in Pa.
    Mother: Bessie Ellen DIEHL b: 13 MAY 1896 in Pa.

    Marriage 1 Nina Jane HIMES b: 23 JUN 1920 in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa.
    • Married: 23 JUN 1946 in Dale Borough, Cambria Co., Pa. 2
    Children
    1. Has Children David Gary BURKETT b: 19 OCT 1950 in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa.

    Sources:
    1. Title: Nina Burkett Obit
      Publication: Johnstown Tribune Democrat 6/18/2006
      Note: BURKETT - Nina Jane "Janie," 85, of Monroe, La., formerly of Richland Township, passed away in Monroe, on June 16, 2006, after a lengthy illness. Nina was born in Johnstown on June 23, 1920, to William Edward Himes Jr. and Beatrice Varner Himes. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Joyce Cook; and brother, William Himes III. Left to honor her memory are loving husband, Donald Ray Burkett; son, David Gary Burkett, M.D., and wife, Judy Burkett; grandchildren, David Scott Burkett, M.D., and wife, Ashley Burkett; Laurie Burkett Smiley, J.D., and husband, Shane Smiley, CRNA; and Brittany Burkett, Monroe; and Courtney Burkett Schindler, J.D., and husband, Kevin Schindler, M.D., San Antonio, Texas; great-grandchildren, Katherine Elizabeth Burkett, Camille Claire Burkett, Ella Scott Burkett and Taylor Alexis Smiley, Monroe; brother-in-law, Philip Cook, DVM, Loysville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Nina married Donald Ray Burkett on June 23, 1946. She and Donald made their home in Johnstown for 56 years. They were to have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 23, 2006. She received her B.A. in elementary education from Indiana University and taught elementary education at Dale Borough and Richland Township for 38 years. She was a lifelong member of Beulah United Methodist Church and the Excelsior Sunday school class. She was a member of the Pennsylvania Retired Teachers Association. Her greatest love was her family and her students. She was a gifted teacher, devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and a guiding light to her family, always stressing the value of education and a Christian life. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at The Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, where funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Charles Shaffer officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Cemetery.
      [Johnstown Tribune Democrat 6/18/2006]
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
    2. Title: Gary Burkett Franklin Himes Family.RTF
      Publication: burkepg@home.com
      Repository:
      Media: Electronic
    3. Title: Donald Ray Burkett obit
      Publication: Johnstown Tribune Democrat from 5/8/2008 - 5/9/2008
      Repository:
      Media: Newspaper
    4. Title: Vic Richey
      Publication: vrichey@youns.com
      Repository:
      Note: http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=vritchey&id=I192
      Media: Electronic

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