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John Burkett

John Burkett

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

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.

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  1. Administrator says:

    It was my honor and privilege to call you dad. Your legacy and name will always live on through my stories and endless book of useless knowledge (I for sure inherited that from you). I am happy I got to bring you closer to me. My life feels like there’s a void where you belong but I know your in heaven smiling down. We never said we loved each other but we both felt it and the day you left

    Posted by: John Burkett – New athens, IL – Son Nov 15, 2017

  2. Administrator says:

    John I am so sorry I hadn’t seen you in a few years. We always had a great relationship and I will never forget you. Prayers to Jeanette, Linda and Aunt Dee and all our other aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.

    Posted by: Laura Stiffler – Florissant, MO – Family Nov 16, 2017

  3. Administrator says:

    May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

    Posted by: Ken & Riche’ Reynolds – Collinsville, IL – friend Nov 18, 2017

  4. Administrator says:

    Dee and family, we are thinking of you and regret your loss. Our deepest sympathy to your entire family.

    Posted by: Jan & Phil Smith – Collinsville, IL – Friend Nov 19, 2017

  5. Administrator says:

    We’ll miss you papa. Love ya! ❤

    Posted by: Mason and Conner Nov 19, 2017

  6. Administrator says:

    Always my friend, loved you. Will miss you until we meet again always in my heart. R. I. P. my dear John. Always Margaret

    Posted by: Margaret Dotson – Collinsville, IL – Friend Nov 20, 2017

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