John Henry Burkhard

April 20, 1925 - April 24, 2007 

John Henry Burkhard

April 20, 1925 - April 24, 2007 

Obituary for John Henry Burkhard

John H. Burkhard, Zionsville, passed away peacefully in his home on April 24, 2007. He was 82 years young. Born on April 20, 1925 in Indianapolis, IN, he was the son of John H. Burkhard, Sr. and Clara V. Hansmann Burkhard.

A veteran of WWII, John served in the US Army from 1944 to 1946. He met his English bride, Beryl Rosina Clarke Burkhard while stationed in England. They were married on April 27, 1946 in Bracknell, Berkshire, England and returned to the US in 1946, establishing their home in the Indianapolis area. They were happily married for 46 years. Beryl preceded him in death in 1992.

John attended Tri-State University in Angola, IN and Shrevenham University in England. He was a custom home builder, building homes in Zionsville, Carmel and Indianapolis. During his retirement, he became an extremely talented and gifted woodworker - lovingly designing and crafting beautiful wood pieces and furniture.

John was an active parishioner for many years at St. Louis de Montfort in Fishers IN. He was a generous contributor to the growth of St. Louis de Montfort. The stained glass windows in the church were gifts by John in memory of his parents, John and Clara Burkhard and his brother, Joseph Burkhard. The Bell Tower at St. Louis de Montfort was donated and built by John in memory of his wife and himself.

Together, John and Beryl were blessed with nine children, all of whom survive him. Alane Burkhard Allen (Bruce), John D. Burkhard, Therese Burkhard (Gerry Smith), Lisa Maria Burkhard, Kathyrn Burkhard Cotton (Doug), Annette Burkhard Graham (Tom), Christopher Burkhard (Jill), Mark Burkhard (Alison), and Mary Burkhard Funk (Terry).

He is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, sisters – Margaret Burkhard Chiplis, Cecilia Burkhard, Joanne Burkhard Yurko and sister-in-law - Margaret Clarke Dolen and brother-in-law – Lee Dolen.

He is preceded in death by his sisters, Mary Catherine Burkhard Beal, Clara Francis Burkhard, Patricia Burkhard Trout and one brother, Joseph W. Burkhard.

A memorial celebration to honor his life will be held in the Chapel at Hoosier Village Retirement Center, 5300 W 96th St. Zionsville on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Vincent DePaul or Hoosier Village Retirement Center.

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