William A. Burkit, 72, of Fountain Hill, passed away suddenly on Wednesday Oct. 31, 2012 at Lehigh Valley Hospital Muhlenberg. He was the husband of Katie (Aides) Burkit for 56 years. Born in Bethlehem, he was one of eight children, to the late William and Mary (Hankulich) Burkit. Bill honorably served his country in the US Army as a paratrooper in the 187th Infantry, 11th Airborne; and was decorated with the good conduct medal. He was a high voltage lineman for local 1319 for 35 years, retiring in 1998. Bill was an active outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fly fishing. He was also an avid gardener who loved his fig trees and cacti. He was one of the original founding members of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited. In his retirement, Bill spent his time helping his son, Mark, at his business, Specialty Cars of Allentown. Survivors: in addition to his loving wife Katie, are son Mark A. Burkit and wife Lynn of Danielsville; grandchildren Jessica, Jocelyn, Matthew, Erica, William and Nicholas; great-granddaughter Haley; sisters Dolores and Maryann of Washington; brothers John, Jerry, Ronald and Steve all of Bethlehem. He was predeceased by his sons Edward and Nathan, and his brother Edward. Services: Friends and family may call on Sunday Nov. 4th, from 1-3pm in the Cantelmi Funeral Home, 1311 Broadway Fountain Hill, followed by a 3:30pm Celebration of Life at the Barnhouse Village, 7401 Airport Rd. Bath, Pa 18014. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bill's name to Animals in Distress, 5075 Limeport Pike Coopersburg, Pa 18036. Online condolences at www.cantelmifuneralhome.com
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