December 7 1924 September 15 2021
Obituary Irving L. Burkert, West Winfield The simpler the package, the better the product. This adage perfectly fits our beloved father and grandfather, Larry Burkert who peacefully passed, September 15, 2021. Larry lived a simple life, and filled each day with work, play, generosity and love for his family and friends. Larry was born on the family farm in Waterville, NY on December 7, 1924. He attended the single room school there until the family moved to Fort Plain where he attended school in Nelson. There he and his brother Elmer worked on their Dad’s farm as well as for area farmers earning a reputation for being hard workers which landed him a job at the Palentine Slaughter House. In 1945 they moved to West Winfield and in 1950 his family built the house on Route 20. In 1956 he was married to Lorraine Abbott and they purchased the house from his parents and raised their family there. Larry always had an iron in the fire, working various jobs to save for the future and support his family. In addition to working the farm, he worked for a local veterinarian, at an area apple orchard, for Univac and for Sears Roebuck until his retirement. Even after retiring Larry couldn’t sit still and he continued fixing appliances for friends and neighbors, mowed lawns, and did odd jobs. Even this year he was overseeing the harvest and sales of his garlic. Larry was very civic minded and gave countess hours to volunteering. He was a member of the Federated Church serving on various committees over the years and donating many hours to the Food Bank. As a 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Winfield Masonic Lodge. He served as Master in in 1967 and has continually held the office of Tiller since 1973. He was a member of the Shriners, Scottish Rite and recently attained Life Membership in the Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron twice. Additionally, he served as Associate Patron and as Warder. In 2000 he was awarded the “Roses for the Living” honor by the Winfield Rotary Club for his help with many community programs such as the Rotary Auction, the Community Christmas Basket program, Food Bank, and various Masonic Fundraisers. In 2015, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by the Winfield Masonic Temple. Additionally, he was a long-time board member of the West Winfield Medical Center. He was a member of the Bridgewater Historical Society, the Mohawk Valley Coin Club, the Tri-County Coin Club, as well as the Missouri Valley Wrench Collectors Club. He enjoyed attending flea markets, tractor shows and could not pass up a garage sale in pursuit of wrenches to add to his collection. Larry is survived by his daughter Wendy Soneson and her husband Greg, his son Karl Burkert and his wife Amy, and five grandsons who he was proud to say all achieved the Boy Scouts of America rank of Eagle: Michael Soneson and his partner Junior Baez, Andrew Soneson and his wife Danielle, Henry Burkert, Karl Christian Burkert and William Burkert. He also leaves a special family friend Sue Will and her husband Steve. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 38 years Lorraine, and by his brother Elmer and sister Mary. Friends may call at Dimbleby Funeral Home, 365 West Main Street, West Winfield, on Tuesday, September 21 from 4 – 7 p.m, with Order of the Eastern Star and Masonic Rituals at 6:30. Funeral services will be held at the Federated Church, 452 E. Main Street, West Winfield on Wednesday September 22 at 10 a.m. Donations in Larry’s memory can be made to Winfield Masonic Lodge #581, West Winfield Eastern Star #418 or the Federated Church. For online expressions of sympathy please go to www.dimblebyfh.com
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Irving L Larry Burkert December 7 1924 September 15 2021.
Death notice for the town of: Holland Patent, state: New York