Robert M. Burket – December 1, 1930 – January 27, 2024

Apr 2, 2024 | Obituaries | 0 comments

Robert M. Burket, 93, of Port Clinton and formerly Middle Bass Island passed away on Saturday, January 27,2024 at Admiral’s Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Huron, Ohio. He was born December 1,1930 in Everett, Pennsylvania; a son of the late Elmer W. Burket and Marie (Karns) Burket. On August 19, 1952, in Cumberland, Maryland, he married Dorothy Twigg. She preceded him in death on June 14, 2010.

He is survived by a daughter Deborah Navin married to Philip, Woodland, Washington; grandson LTC Sean Navin married to Laura Donahue, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas; sibling Ann Mayer, Highland Beach, Florida and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son: Robert Burket, Jr. in August 1987, and his sister Mary Lou Porcelli. Mr. Burket was a graduate of Everett Area High School, Class of 1949, where he played varsity football for three years. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1950-1952. While fighting in the mountains of North Korea during the Korean war with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Regiment, he served as a sniper and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, he attended Stevens Trade School (now known as Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After completing his education as an electrician, he moved to the Cleveland, Ohio area to work at Republic Steel Corporation. He later became a civil service employee for the Nike Missile Defense System in the Lake Erie area, eventually retiring from civil service at Ireland Army hospital, Ft. Knox, Kentucky.

He was an active member of American Legion Post 542 and the VFW while he lived in Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island, as well as a participant in the reunion group of his fellow Marine Corps E-2-5 Korean War veterans. He lived on Middle Bass Island full-time for many years and helped form the Middle Bass Island Yacht Club. He volunteered at the Middle Bass Island State Park marina when it first opened and enjoyed meeting fellow boaters from all over the country.

An avid fisherman, Mr. Burket liked to say he was able to fish full time for longer than he had worked, catching more than his share of perch, bass, and walleye.

Mr. Burket’s family expresses heartfelt gratitude to his team at the Sandusky VA Clinic for years of exceptional medical care. The family also thanks the home health care provided by the staff at Guiding Hands Home Health Services, and more recently, the physician and nursing staff of Admiral’s Pointe Nursing and Rehabilitation center.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.neideckercrosserpriesman.com . Neidecker, Crosser & Priesman Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Port Clinton is handling the arrangements.

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