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Gerald B. Burkett Sr.


Gerald B. Burkett Sr., 91, of Royalton, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Carolyn’s House - Hospice of Central PA, Harrisburg. He was widower of Ruth I. (Enney) Burkett.

Gerry was born on November 24, 1927 in Rheems, Pa. and was the son of the late Kirt A. and Marie (Kunkle) Burkett.

Gerry was a former member of the former Royalton Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Royalton. He loved sportsman sprint car racing and had several racecars over the years. Gerry was a member of York County Hall of Fame (Racing), B.A.P.S. Speed Hall of Fame, Lancaster, Lincoln, Susquehanna, Selinsgrove, Port Royal and Reedville Speedways. He also was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Phillies fan.

He is survived by his sons, Gerald B. Burkett Jr. of Harrisburg and Robert W. Burkett Sr. of Royalton; his brother, Larry Burkett of Ft. Myers, Fla.; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 12 p.m. at Matinchek Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 260 East Main Street, Middletown, Pa. Viewing will be from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.

Private burial will be in Hillsdale Cemetery, Middletown, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be to the American Cancer Society, 112 Sipe Ave., Hummelstown, PA 17036.

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