Obituary for Gene Burkett

Gene Burkett

Gene Allen Burkett, 68 years old and a longtime resident of Pierceton, Indiana died in an auto accident in Marshall County, Indiana Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:12 p.m. He was born to Allen and Magdline (Judd) Burkett on November 26, 1952 in Martin, KY. On July 25, 1970 Gene married Wilma Barger. They shared 40 years together until the passing of Wilma in 2011.

Gene was a CNC machinist at Zimmer Biomet for 25 plus years, he retired in 2016.  After retiring he was able to travel all over the country. He loved to just pick up and go for a drive.   Gene served his community as a first responder, firefighter, and Fire Chief in Pierceton. Gene loved helping people, and a devoted family man.  One of his favorite things to do was going watching dirt track racing, eating dirt burgers, and watching cars sling mud.

Those who survived with wonderful memories to cherish include, his daughter Robin Burkett (partner Kenny Ousley) Pierceton; two granddaughters, Larkin Hicks (fiancé Dee Grady) of Columbia City, and Starlin Hicks (fiancé Daniel Jenkins) of Liberty Mills, IN; a beautiful great granddaughter, Maddilynn Jenkins; Sisters, Carol Sue Akers of Michigan, Alice Sparks (spouse Jerry) of Sidney, Liz Campbell of South Whitley.

He was preceded by his lovely wife Wilma, his parents, brothers Don Burkett and Tom Burkett, his brother-in-law Gordon Akers, and brother-in-law and racing buddy Tim Campbell.

With the concerns of COVID-19 the family is planning a Celebration of life at a later date.

McHatton-Sadler Funeral Chapel, Warsaw is entrusted with arrangements for the family.

Memorial donations may be made to

Pierceton Fire Department

PO Box 526
Pierceton, Indiana, 46562


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