Date of death: 10/3/2021

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1958

Donald Edward Burkhart, age 89 of Avon, Indiana died Sunday October 3, 2021 at Life’s Journey of Avon.

Born November 29, 1931 in Brookville, Indiana he was one of eleven children born to the late Robert & Pauline (Reuter) Burkhart.  He was a United States Army Veteran having served in France.  On May 9, 1959, he and the former Bernice Ruth Nobbe were united in marriage, and she survives.

Don graduated from Ball State University with his Bachelors in Education, and Masters in Educational Administration, with life licensing in Elementary Education and Elementary Administration Supervision.  He also holds a Bachelor of Philosophy from St. Meinrad College.

He spent his career in education, having taught at the former Laurel High School in Laurel, Indiana; served as Assistant Principal at Wilmington High School in Wilmington, Ohio, and served as Principal of St. Mary’s Catholic School in Rushville, Indiana for 22 years until his retirement.  He also worked at Burkhart’s Plumbing in Brookville with his father and brother.  Upon retirement he and Bernice moved to Avon, Indiana.

Survivors include five children, Brenda Allspaw of Avon, Indiana, Michael Burkhart of Tipp City, Ohio, Laura Burkhart of Avon, Indiana, James Burkhart of Carmel, Indiana and Joshua Burkhart of Fishers, Indiana; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; five sisters, Dorothy Burkhart of Brookville, Indiana, Sr. Andre Burkhart OSF of Oldenburg, Indiana, Mary Strohmier of Brookville, Indiana, Linda Grocox of Rushville, Indiana and Deborah Pierce of Cincinnati, Ohio; two brothers, Charles Burkhart of Twinsburg, Ohio and John Burkhart of Brookville, Indiana; as well as many nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Allen; and two brothers, William “Bill” Burkhart and Harold Burkhart.