Earl F. Burkhardt

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April 22, 1927 - December 8, 2018
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Charles, MO

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Earl F. Burkhardt of Saint Charles, MO, passed away at the age of 91 on Saturday, December 8, 2018. He is preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Adele (nee Stroh) Burkhardt; and his sisters, Ruth Tesreau and Lucille Husemann.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susie Burkhardt (nee Vogel); his sons, Doug (Kris) and Bob (Lynne) Burkhardt; his precious grandchildren, Lindsay (Chris) Tibbs, Danielle (Rob) Wingel, Katie Burkhardt, and Brett Burkhardt; his great-grandchildren, Camryn and Addison Tibbs; and he was an uncle and dear friend to many.

Earl was a faithful Christian man who read his bible daily.  He proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps and belonged to the Commemorative Air Force, an organization devoted to preserving and showing American aviation history – a cause near and dear to his heart as he had his pilot’s license. He kept active in many local organizations including the Immanuel United Church of Christ Ferguson, the St. Louis Rotary Club as a Paul Harris Fellow, Shriners International, and the Bogey Hills Country Club. Earl was an avid sports fan and in addition to bowling and hitting the links for a round of golf, he loved cheering his St. Louis Cardinals on. He enjoyed reading but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends. Earl will be dearly missed.

Contributions in Earl’s memory can be made to the Engineering School at Washington University, the St. Louis Rotary Club, or the Donor's Choice.


Guestbook Entries

  1. Philip Roush December 10, 2018 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    I will miss him every Thursday!

  2. Julia Hilfiker Beck December 10, 2018 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    candle 6Susie, I am so sorry for your loss. Earl must have been an outstanding man as indicated in his obituary. I know you must feel very blessed to have shared your life with him.

    My thoughts are with you. Bless you.

  3. Pete Milne December 10, 2018 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    candle 3I have fond memories of playing Rotary Golf with Earl and being at his table on Thursdays. He is missed.

  4. Bob Zangas December 11, 2018 at 6:45 am - Reply

    I will miss Having lunch with Earl at Rotary on Thursday and talking about World War II airplanes. He will be missed.

  5. Jennifer Pearce December 11, 2018 at 8:29 am - Reply

    candle 8Susie, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  6. Maggie Lampe December 11, 2018 at 8:34 am - Reply

    candle 7Earl was always so upbeat and quick to flash a smile each Thursday as he came in for lunch. He will be remembered fondly by all at our Rotary Club. His 56 year membership stands as a testament to his character. May he rest in peace.

  7. Rick Tinucci December 11, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    candle 6Susie, I am sorry to hear about Earl’s passing. What a great man. We will all miss his great smile and witt. You and your family are in our thoughts and prays. Peace be with you.

  8. Matt Weiss December 11, 2018 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Loved seeing Earl every Thursday at Rotary. Always had a big smile and a firm handshake. His generation is truly the greatest. I will miss him but never forget him.

  9. Mr. Ralph J Decker December 11, 2018 at 10:14 am - Reply

    I first met Earl eighteen years ago when I joined the St. Louis Rotary Club. My heart dropped when I heard the news of his passing. Earl always greeted me with a cheerful smile and a positive affirmation. What impressed me the most about Earl was his love for his faith, family, and friends. My deepest condolence and prayers to the Burkhardt Family.

  10. Jane Boyle December 11, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Susie, We are so sorry for your loss. We know you have many memories to treasure. My special memory is of being able to share your beautiful wedding and reception and to see Earl’s joy as you were married. Your and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Patrick and Jane Boyle

  11. Jim Sheets December 11, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Earl was always a true gentleman and a man I could always count on for a positive outlook. He will be missed by many

  12. Jim Horton December 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    candle 6Sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for your family.

    God bless,

    Jim Horton – Macon, GA

    • Doug Burkhardt December 11, 2018 at 6:03 pm - Reply

      Thanks Jim. Awfully nice of you!


  13. Marie & Al Fischer December 11, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Susie, Hold your loving and sweet memories of times shared with Earl in your heart forever. May they comfort you today and always. Earl was such a gentleman with a welcoming smile and genuine kindness. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You’re in our prayers.
    Marie & Al Fischer

  14. WALTER KNOLL December 11, 2018 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Susie, Gail and have so many memories over the years, you and Earl and your son in their red sport coats having lunch in St. Charles, Rotary bowling, many spring training encounters at the game and for meals. Earl would help me at Rotary at the reception table. He will be solely missed. Gail and Walter Knoll

  15. Mary Jane Thomsen December 11, 2018 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    candle 5I was proud to serve with Earl in the Rotary Club of St. Louis and fond of his friendly smile, kind demeanor and generous spirit. We are all grateful for his support and friendship over the years. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you hold your memories close and say goodbye. I am sorry for your loss. Earl was special and will be greatly missed.

  16. Kathi and Ron Enzenbacher December 12, 2018 at 9:33 am - Reply

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  17. Jack Barber December 12, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Earl was always a friendly face and a true gentleman. He will be missed by all his Rotarian friends.

  18. David Cowell December 12, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    When I saw Earl at Rotary there would always be a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. That is the memory I will keep. He was a wonderful person. My condolences to the Burkhardt family.

  19. Richard Wylie December 12, 2018 at 3:37 pm - Reply


    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Please know you and your family are in our prayers.

  20. Juli Niemann December 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Susie, I was one of the first few women to join Rotary in St. Louis. Earl was one of the first to welcome me. He was just the finest gentleman and fellow Rotarian. I will miss him so very much. Juli

  21. Linda and Ed Tayoan December 14, 2018 at 8:39 am - Reply

    candle 4God bless the Burkhardt family at this time our sincerest sympathies

  22. Bill Wehmeier December 14, 2018 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Sue and family,

    So sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. All of us at the Commemorative Air Force will miss him, especially at the annual Hangar Dance when you and he ran the auction.

    God bless.

  23. SUSAN VOLK December 15, 2018 at 4:02 pm - Reply

    I was stunned when I heard the news about Earl. You two have had a long and enviable loving marriage and were such a stellar example of what true love looked like. I am proud to have known you both. Your faith will guide you and your extensive network of friends and family will help you get through this rough time. My thoughts and prayers are with daily.
    Love, as always!

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