Walter Burkhardt (1926 - 2018)

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Walter A. Burkhardt, age 91, Columbia,
MD, passed away February 4, 2018
at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living
Facility in Columbia, MD. He was born
November 25, 1926 in Illinois, a son of
Albert and Ida (Houseman) Burkhardt.
Walter grew up in Highwood, IL
where he graduated from high school.
He went onto school further to become
an electrical draftsman at a large company
in Chicago.
In 1961, he met Virginia Mae Campbell
at a dance and they were married
later that year. They spent the next 53
years together until her death in 2015.
Their two sons, Walter and Robert,
were born while they lived in Chicago.
They lived for several years on the
north side of Chicago in Evanston and
Deerfield. Sometime in 1969, the two
of them visited a travel show where
they saw an ad for some
property for sale near
Grand Lake, CO. (Several
years later, they would buy
some property and build
a cabin there). In 1970,
the two of them moved to
Arvada, CO. Shortly after
moving, Walter lost his job
due to a layoff. But this turned out to
be good for him because he got a job
working as a water meter reader for
the City of Arvada. That job was great
for him since it got him outside and
meeting with people. He loved to meet
new people. After going into a room of
people, within 30 minutes he would
know everyone's name and place of
birth. Virginia and Walter bought and
sold houses three times in Arvada finally
ending up in a small house on the
Lake Arbor Golf Couse.
Walter loved Virginia
very much and often said
how she was the only one
for him. They loved hiking
in Rocky Mountain
National park, fishing off
the back of their Cabin,
and golfing in Grand Lake
and at their house in Arvada. The two
of them played golf until they were
85 years old. They lived in Colorado
until about 2013 when they moved to
Ellicott City to be near their two sons.
After Virginia passed away, Walter
continued to live by himself until
about March 2017, when he moved to
an Assisted Living place in Columbia,
Maryland.
He was an avid Cubs baseball fan and
managed to go out to a Cubs game in
Washington in 2017 (Cubs won) with
his son Robert. He is survived by his
two sons Walter and Robert, and his
two granddaughters Andrea and Julie.
He was very much loved and we will all
miss him.
Relatives and friends will be received
Saturday, February 10 from 9-11am at
Eley Funeral Home in Constantine,
MI, where services will follow at 11am.
Pastor Maria Rutland of Salem Presbyterian
Church will officiate. Interment
will be in Constantine Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be directed
to the Denver Zoo at denverzoo.org
or Dumb Friends League of Denver at
ddfl.org.
Online messages may be left for the family at www.eleyfuneralhomes.com.
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ELEY FUNERAL HOMES INC - CONSTANTINE
280 South Washington Street PO Box 27
Constantine, MI 49042
(269) 435-3505
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Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from Feb. 8 to Mar. 7, 2018