Kenneth Maxwell Burkett, 81, of Blair Nursing Home, North Sewickley Twp., formerly of Ellport, went to be with the Lord on July 29, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimers. Born on August 10, 1931 in Roaring Spring, PA he was the son of the late Maxwell P. and Marian Barley Burkett. He was a member of the Faith Country Chapel Methodist Church in New Castle. Mr. Burkett was actively involved in the Baden Boy Scouts and was a member of the first explorer troop of Baden and was also in the Order of the Arrow. Ken was an active member of the Rochester Turners gymnastics team as a team member and a coach for a number of years. Mr. Burkett was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the Army Signal Corp as a cryptographic specalist in the Pentagon from 1952-1954, acheiving the rank of corporal. He was a thirty-five year member of the Monaca American Legion. Ken bowled and helped organize the Koppel area men's league and shot archery with the Beaver Valley Sunflower Archery Club. Mr. Burkett worked at the Beaver County Times for six years, the News Tribune for twenty-four years as an advertising director and was a partner in the Valley Tribune for many years before selling to the Ledger. From then he was employed by Ryno Production as a commercial salesman for fifteen years. His last job was with Manheim Coproration Services until his retirement. Ken is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Burkett of East Palestine, OH, John and Laura Burkett of Southlake, TX, Dale and Marcia Burkett of Phoenix, AZ, two step-daughters and their husbands, Diana and Keith Yoder of Davidsville, PA and Donna and Eric Poole of Ellport, eight grandchildren: Ashley and Michael McKim, Mallory, Maxwell, Avery, Reid, Drew, Brittany and Katie Burkett, three step-granchildren: Kayla Yoder, Gareth and Calista Poole, four great-grandchildren: Ivy Minor, Benjamin Burkett, Brook and Allison Mae McKim, his former wife, Doris Burkett who was his companion and caregiver for over thirty-two years, a brother, David Burkett of Palm Springs, CA, and special cousin Lurla Howard. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Randall Burkett. Friends will be received on Wednesday, August 31st from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thurday, August 1st at 11:00 AM with Rev. David Bell of First United Brethern Church of New Castle and step-son-in-law, Rev. Keith Yoder In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Ken's name to Faith Country Chapel, 3818 Old Butler Rd., New Castle, PA 16101.
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