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Charles Raymond Burkhardt
March 13, 1948 ~ January 9, 2024 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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Charles Raymond Burkhardt, better known as “Grandpa,” 75, passed away on January 9, 2024, at the home of his daughter in Melfa, VA. He was born in Ohio on March 13, 1948, a son to the late Clifford Richard Burkhardt and the late Ruth Dunagan Burkhardt.
Always a fisherman, Grandpa could be found in fishing holes from here to Florida. It didn’t matter if it was salt water or fresh water, he made time to get his line in the water. When he wasn’t fishing, he was watching UFC and rooting for Conor McGregor to tear the dickens out of his opponent (although, he said it in much more “colorful” language.) He loved old wrestling. He spent his last New Year’s Eve, sitting next to his daughter and son-in-law, watching old matches with Dusty Rhodes, Shawn Michaels, and the Undertaker.
Never one to mince his words, he would tell it like it was. If he didn’t like your cooking, he was sure to let you know in no uncertain terms.
Well into the night, everyone in the house could hear The Outlaw Josey Wales shooting through the desert. He loved Westerns, especially if Clint Eastwood was in them. And it didn’t matter what time of day or night, he would cut it on loud enough for half of the neighborhood to hear.
Grandpa enjoyed his marijuana, also. One of the happiest days of his life was the day it was legalized. As he got older and could no longer inhale, he became a connoisseur of all kinds of edibles. And “those” edibles led him to all of the other edibles in the house—namely, ice cream and candy. That is where he found his peace.
Charles is survived by his children, Deana Burkhardt (Charles Ellis), Charles Burkhardt Jr., Regina Burkhardt, Susan Morris, James Little, and Christi Burkhardt; 21 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, Clifford and Ruth Burkhardt; daughter, Angela Morgan; and brother Dickie Burkhardt.
Per his wishes, there will be no public service. Instead, keep his memory alive by remembering Grandpa every time you drop a line in the water.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Williams Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Parksley, VA 23421, to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.