Robert W. Burkhardt of Caro, age 85, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at St. Mary’s of Michigan in Saginaw. Bob was born June 23, 1933, in Caro, the son of the late Robert H. and Marguerite E. (Lester) Burkhardt and was raised by his mother and step-father, Byron Neff. He was a 1951 graduate of Caro High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force shortly after, serving as a weapons control systems mechanic until his honorable discharge in 1956. In 1957, Bob began a 40 year career at the Caro Regional Center, retiring from the transportation department. He was united in marriage with the former Velma Stephens on March 15, 1958, and celebrated 60 years of marriage earlier this year. Bob will be remembered for his love of cars that included repairing them, washing them, or simply talking about them. He also appreciated nature and tending to his garden.
Bob is survived by his loving wife, Velma Jean Burkhardt; his daughter, Robin Pennell, PhD and her husband, Laurence, of VanWert, Ohio; granddaughter, Lauren Pennell of Filling Memorial Homes in Napoleon, Ohio; two brothers: Rev. Patrick Neff and his wife, Ruth, of Surprise, Arizona, Daniel Neff of Sandusky; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by one son, Mark Allen Burkhardt in 1998.
In keeping with Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Dayton Center Church in Silverwood with Revs. Patrick Neff and Taylor McManigell officiating. The family will be present to receive friends at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at 11 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Special Olympics, American Diabetes Association, or the Dayton Center Church. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at www.RansfordCollon.com.