John Stephen Burkett, 60 of New Athens, IL, formerly of Collinsville, IL, born April 27, 1957 in East St. Louis, IL, passed away on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the New Athens Home for the Aged in New Athens, IL. Mr. Burkett was a stock receiver at the old Grandpa Pigeon Store in Collinsville, IL. He was a man of varied interests and talent. John loved to fish, was a gun enthusiast and loved working on cars. In his later years he took up woodworking and took a keen interest in the great outdoors and all wildlife.
Mr. Burkett was preceded in death by his father, John Adolph Burkett, 1 grandson; Aaron Burkett and 1 sister; Brenda Olsen.
John is survived by his mother, Dolores (Brink) Burkett of Collinsville, IL, son John Thomas (Jamie) Burkett of New Athens, IL, daughter; Kari (Scott) Finn of Collinsville, IL, 6 grandchildren; Madison, Mason and Conner Burkett and Chelsea, Uriah and Serenity Finn., 2 sisters; Linda Webb and Jeannette (Dan) Deppe all of Collinsville, IL, 1 brother-in-law; John Olsen of Michigan and by his great friend; Joe Bodine.
Memorials may be made to The Nature Conservancy, ATTN: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203
Condolences to the family may be expressed to the family online at www.heilschuessler.com.
Visitation: In keeping with Mr. Burkett’s wishes, cremation is to be held with no visitation times.
Memorial Service; A private memorial service is being planned.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens is in charge of arrangements.