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Obituary: Harold L. Burkhart, Franklin

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Harold L. Burkhart

Harold L. Burkhart, 89, of Franklin, formerly of Smith Valley in the Center Grove area, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014, at the Franklin United Methodist Community.

He was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Union Township in Johnson County to Glen and Dollie (Quinton) Burkhart.

He married Dorothy M. (York) Burkhart on June 8, 1946; she survives.

He attended Union Township schools in Johnson County.

He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran, entering in August 1943 and serving in the Asiatic-Pacific theaters, receiving two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

He worked for Bargersville Hardware and Lumber, Campbell and Morris International Harvester in Bargersville and Potter International Harvester in Franklin and lastly owned and operated a small-engine and lawn mower repair shop in Smith Valley for several years.

He was a member and former deacon at First Christian Church of Bargersville. He enjoyed gardening, yard work, making homemade ice cream, camping and fishing. He had taken pilot lessons at the Bargersville Airport.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Dorothy M. (York) Burkhart of Franklin; two sisters, Carolyn Burkhart McClain of Greenwood and Judith Burkhart Dillow of Franklin; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Lowell, Richard and Jerry Burkhart.

Dr. Kenneth L. Rickett will conduct a service at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Swartz Family Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, 300 S. Morton St. (U.S. 31 South) in Franklin. Friends may call from

4 to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary. Burial with full military honors will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Glenns Valley, Greenwood.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association Indianapolis Office, 6415 Castleway West Drive, Suite 114, Indianapolis, IN 46250; or First Christian Church of Bargersville Building Fund, P.O. Box 15, Bargersville, IN 46106.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.swartzmortuary.com.

Information: 738-0202

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