Dillard Douglass “Pete” Burkett, 82, of Hillsboro, Ohio (formerly of Wilmington and Clarksville, Ohio) died 11:20 AM, Friday, April 8, 2011 at Hospice of Dayton. His wife, Mabel Johnson Burkett, preceded him death in 2007. Mr. Burkett was born July 23, 1928 in Madeira, Ohio, son of the late Dillard Brafford Burkett and Virginia Whitacre Osborn. He served in the U.S. Army as an engineer in Germany.
Mr. Burkett retired from General Motors Harrison Radiator Division. He had served as the police chief Clarksville. He was a lifelong hunter and fisherman. Mr. Burkett was a talented carpenter and was known for his custom knives and gunstocks. With his attention to detail, he was able to conquer the art of fly tying, a skill he loved. He was also a brilliant photographer.
Mr. Burkett is survived by four daughters, Penny Lynn (Junior) Milburn of Lynchburg, Ohio, Wanda (Jeff) Armstrong of Wilmington, Ohio, Barbara (Jeffrey) Becker of Leesburg, Ohio, and Crystal Wilson of Clarksville, Ohio; a sister, Helen Whitacre Starkey of Wilmington, Ohio; a nephew, Morrow L. Starkey of Port William, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; his first wife and the mother of his children, Helen L. Burkett; his dear friend and companion, Brenda Wagner; his longtime friend and hunting buddy, Paul Baeder; as well as his neighbors and the staff at Highland House Assisted Living. In addition to his parents, a son-in-law, Jerry Wilson, is preceded in death.
A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, Ohio 45420.