|Birth: ||Apr. 2, 1924|
|Death: ||Feb. 25, 2008|
Standard-Speaker (Hazleton, PA)
February 26, 2008
Charles F. Burkhardt, 83, a lifelong Hazleton area resident, died Monday morning at the Pavilion at St. Luke Village, where he had been a guest for the past two years.
Born in Audenreid on April 2, 1924, he was a son of the late Irvin and Nellie (Kelshaw) Burkhardt.
Charles graduated from Hazleton High School in 1942, continued his education at McCann School of Business and pursued a career in the banking industry. He did further study at American Institute of Banking School, Pennsylvania Bankers School at Bucknell University and Keystone Insurance School. He also participated in the Pennsylvania Bankers Association Management Simulation Seminar.
He spent 43 years in the employ of Peoples First National Bank and their successors, working through the ranks and retiring in 1990 as senior vice president at the Hazleton office, Broad and Wyoming streets.
A Navy veteran, he served as a quartermaster first class in the American, Asiatic, and Pacific Theatres, earning four Battle Stars during World War II. He also earned two Battle Stars, the Good Conduct and Victory Medals for his service during the Philippine Campaign and a Liberation Medal for serving during the Korean War.
Charles was a member of St. John's Primitive Methodist Church in Hazleton. In addition to broadly serving the church in a financial advisory capacity he, at one time, served as a member and secretary treasurer of the trustee board. He was a member of the men's Sunday school class, Missionary Society and the church's Social Club.
He was a member of VFW, Hazle Azalea Fellowship Lodge Free and Accepted Masons, and a former member of both the Hazleton Chamber of Commerce and Hazleton Rotary Club. He was also a member and former vice president of the American Institute of Banking.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Burkhardt.
Surviving are his wife of 57 years, the former Alma E. Owens; a son, Charles O. Burkhardt, and his wife, Leda, Drums; grandchildren, Scot Burkhardt and his wife, Julie, Hazleton; Lee Ann Matteo and her husband, Jack, Drums; and Jill Burkhardt, Drums; and great-grandchildren, Dylan and Dalton Burkhardt and Connor and Madison Matteo. Also surviving are nieces, Sally Boyle and Suellen Burkhardt, both of Hazleton; and extended family members, Marlene Scibilia, her husband, John, and daughter, Ariana, Drums.
The funeral service will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Butler Chapel of Krapf & Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 530 W. Butler Drive, Drums, where Charles' pastor, the Rev. Neal E. Smith, will preside.
Burial will follow in Hazleton's Vine Street Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Drums funeral home Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m.
A Masonic service will be held during the visiting hours and will commence at 7:30 p.m. All Master Masons are encouraged to be present and participate.
Memorial contributions to St. John's Primitive Methodist Church, 313 E. Juniper St., Hazleton, PA 18201; or to Helping Hands Society, 301 Rocky Road, Hazleton, PA 18201, are welcomed by the family.
Irvin H. Burkhardt (1900 - 1968)
Mary Ellen Nellie Kelshaw Burkhardt (1901 - 1998)
Vine Street Cemetery
Created by: Patricia
Record added: May 30, 2011
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