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John R. Burkhart, age 75, of Green Valley AZ and previously Midland MI, died on April 10. 2014, at Northwest Hospital, Tucson.

John was born to Fred and Deane Burkhart on April 8, 1939, in Pontiac, MI. He graduated from Waterford Township High School and Michigan State University.

Marrying his high school sweetheart, Gayle Kerr Burkhart, in July, 1960, they had three children, Gregg Burkhart (Tammy) of Denver CO and Susan Burkhart of Tucson AZ. A son, Eric Burkhart, is predeceased. John also had two grandchildren, Tyler Burkhart and Laura Burkhart. Other family are Ferne Kerr Hampel, Green Valley AZ, and David Kerr, Elizabethton, TN, and nephews Scott Hampel, Denver CO, and Mark Hampel, Chicago IL.

Retiring after 25 years as a sales manager for AT&T in Michigan, John and Gayle came to Green Valley in 1996.

John was an Elk, BPOE #2592, and a member over the years of the Green Valley Computer Club, Green Valley Gardeners, Genealogical Society and various golf leagues. A drummer in a high school band, John was a fan of music, as well as cars, especially his black Mustang convertible, golf, and good times with family and friends.

Despite an auto accident at age 18 leaving him with compromised health, John led a full life. He was a man of personal courage and incredible wit. He will be missed.

Private arrangements were by the Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley AZ.

Published in Green Valley News & Sun on Apr. 27, 2014
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