Wayne A. Burkhart (1933 - 2017)

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Longtime Alaskan Wayne A. Burkhart has passed away in his retirement city, Canby, Ore., on Aug. 19, 2017. Wayne slipped away peacefully, with his loving wife of 63 years, Marilyn, at his side.
He was born in 1933 to Ora and Ruby Burkhart of Cando, N.D. In 1954, Wayne married the love of his life, Marilyn Harrington, and brought her to Alaska for what would be a grand adventure of raising four sons and building the tourism industry in the Mat-Su Valley. Wayne was responsible for obtaining the land and building for the Mat-Su Visitors Center on the Parks Highway. He also served as president of the Mat-Su Visitors and Convention Center. Wayne was a visionary who sought for many years to make the Butte a tourist destination, but, investment dollars were all aimed at oil in the '70s, so his dream was not realized. Wayne was a Korean Vet, serving five years in the Army and National Guard, respectively. He was an amazing jack-of-all-trades; it seemed there was nothing he couldn't build or fix.
Mostly, though, Wayne was a great family man, storyteller, talented photographer and humorist in the style of Will Rogers. He even published a book of one of his Alaska adventures.
Wayne was preceded in death by sons, Sammy and Kyle; and daughter-in-law, Becky Cullison.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; sons, Britt, Jay and Tony Burkhart; their spouses; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren, all who loved him dearly.
A celebration of his life was held in August in Canby. Wayne's ashes will be returned to his beloved Alaska.
Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Korean War Veterans or a .
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Sept. 17 to Sept. 18, 2017
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