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Gerald W. Burkhardt, 83

October 03, 2020

Gerald W. Burkhardt, 83, of Lancaster passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020 at the Mennonite Home. Born in Swoyersville, PA he was the son of the late George “Jake” Burkhardt and Dorothy (Hughes) Burkhardt. He was the husband of the late Joanne Emily (Balmer) Burkhardt who passed away in 2014.

He was a 1955 graduate of Swoyersville High School. Gerald later went onto receive a Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University and his Master’s degree from Penn State University. Gerald worked at Millersville University for over 30 years where he worked in several positions in the Registrar & Director of Academics Affairs office. He was a member of the Phi Sigma Pi fraternity where he served as the national president, secretary and treasurer. Gerald was a member of the Faculty Senate and Chair of Governmental Act 101 Program for underprivileged students.

Gerald enjoyed attending the Fulton Theatre, fishing but most of all enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grand and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara L. Plum, wife of Tim; 2 sons, Michael E., husband of Melissa Burkhardt, Joe Burkhardt; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Tyler, Aaron, Logan, Madison, Kristy, Ty; six great-grandchildren; six brothers, George, Donald, Robert, Harold, Lee and sister, Linda. Also surviving is his loving companion, Elaine Radcliffe. He was preceded in death by his brother, Alan.

Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at the Tent on the south lawn of the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Interment will follow in Riverview Burial Park, Lancaster. Family and friends will be received under the tent from 5-7PM on Friday, October 9, 2020 and again from 10-11AM on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gerald’s memory may be made to Mennonite Home, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601 or St. Edward’s Episcopal Church, 2453 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601.

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October 18, 2020

I was truly sadened to hear of Jerry’s passing.  He was really a good friend.  In the summer of 1969, Jerry hired me as assistant registrar.  Then twenty years followed during which time we becme good working partners as well as good personal friends.  Over the years we went for many mid morning coffee breaks and numerous meetings with the rest of the academic affairs staff.  He was a huge support to me as I advanced in my work position and advanced education.  This was one of Jerry’s personal characteristics.  There were a number of clerks, secretaries, and students workers in the Registrar’s office.  Jerry seemed to get pleasure out of helping all of these people secure advancemnt.  Sometimes this was at a cost to his own personal advancement.  Thank you, Jerry.
Ralph L Wright

October 11, 2020

I was totally shocked and surprised by the passing of an excellent educator: Mr. Gerald W. Burkhardt. He helped me with my graduation requirements while I was in the process of graduating from Millersville University. I met him when I registered for class in the fall of 1971 and thereafter. He was always so helpful to me. I was a returning Vietnam Veteran and he was so respectful of my service. If I had any issues, he always  helped me with them and set me on the path to graduate from the University. To the family and Friends, he will be missed and I am hopeful I will be able to converse with him in Heaven. God Bless you Mr. Burkhardt. You have always been a faithful servant for Jesus and God.
Jeffrey G. Butch

October 07, 2020

Will miss playing canasta with you Jerry 
Dorris Smith

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Friday, October 09, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory
3110 Lititz Pike
Lititz, PA 17543
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Lititz, PA 17543
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