Gene C. Burkett

Published 6:30 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LITITZ, PA – Gene C. Burkett, 68 of Crosswinds Drive, Lititz, PA, passed away peacefully at his residence, from complications of multiple myeloma, on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Born in Lewiston, NC, he was the husband of Betty Moore Burkett.  They would have celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary on May 26.  He was the son of the late George A. and Helen M. Jernigan Burkett.

A graduate of Murfreesboro High School, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from NC State University. Gene worked for Wayne Feeds as a district sales representative in Roanoke and Broadway, VA, then for Merial Select, and later retired from Best Veterinary Solutions.

He was a Free and Accepted Mason and a member of the Zembo Shrine, Harrisburg, PA. He was a lifetime member of the Virginia Jaycees and a member of the Lititz United Methodist Church where he taught the Koinonia Sunday school class for 33 years.

Gene enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and reading but most of all enjoyed going to the grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Julie E. Van Brookhoven, (wife of Jeffrey S.); Amy S. Hibshman, (wife of Eric D.); Stephanie L. Gross, (wife of Matthew R.); and Russell A. Burkett; and six grandchildren, Ashley and Aiden Gross, Samantha and Ian Van Brookhoven, Blake Burkett and Coleson Hibshman.  Also surviving are two brothers, George A. Burkett (husband of Jeannette), New Bern, NC; William R. Burkett, (husband of Edna), Woodland, NC; and a sister, Deborah Colson, (wife of Jerry), Winterville, NC.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard A. Burkett.

Relatives and friends are invited to Gene’s Memorial Service at Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 Market St., Lititz, PA, on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jerry McGrath and the Rev. Larry Leister officiating.

Private interment will take place at the Lititz Moravian Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent in Gene’s name to the Lititz United Methodist Church at the above address.

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