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Melvin E. Burkhart, Army Corporal; active Shriner
Melvin E. Burkhart, 84, Akron, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, in Ephrata Manor. Born in Lancaster, a son of the late Jacob and Stella (Coldren) Burkhart, he was the husband of Dottie H. (Snader) Burkhart for 63 years.
Melvin was a member of Muddy Creek Lutheran Church, where he served on church council. He was a Korean War Army Corporal and worked for Trojan Yacht and retired in 1994 from Red Rose Interiors. An Ephrata Lodge #665 F&AM member, he was also in Rajah Temple Shrine, Reading; Reading Consistory; Lancaster Lodge of Perfection and volunteered transporting children for treatment at Shriners Hospital. Mel cherished family times, especially supporting sports events and fishing with grandchildren, often in the mountains of Potter and Lycoming counties.
Surviving in addition to his wife, is a daughter: Linda (Lee) Gerhart, Denver; sons: Kirby (Sheila Stricker) Burkhart, Ephrata; and Scott (Jan Brandt) Burkhart, Denver; grandchildren: Justin, Mandy, Chrystal, Jim, Josh, Melissa, Ashley, Travis, Kirsten, Kortni and Kyle; great-grandchildren: Payton and Jaxon; and a brother: Warren Burkhart, Akron. A sister, Helen, predeceased him.
The viewing was held March 25 at Muddy Creek Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert A. Kramer officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Muddy Creek Cemetery.
Rather than flowers, contributions may be sent to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3531 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140. Good Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, Reamstown, is honored to be serving the Burkhart family.