WOOSTER Roger Russell Burckhart, 81, of Wooster, passed away on Saturday December 12, 2020 at Wooster Community Hospital surrounded by his family following complications due to surgery.
Roger was born January 26, 1939 on the dining room table at the family farm in New Pittsburg to J. Russell and Pearl (Ogden) Burckhart, and is now reunited with them both and the rest of his heavenly family and friends.
Roger was a 1957 graduate of Northwestern High School. At the age of 19 he bought his family farm as well as the adjacent farm. He soon branched out and started a farm drainage business called Burckhart Construction. In the 80 s, Roger launched Rapid Drilling providing drilling services to the oil & gas industry which he operated for nearly a decade. Eventually, he went back to his true avocation, doing field drainage projects all over Wayne County. Roger did this work diligently for 61 years, working continuously up to just a few weeks before he passed away.
Roger was a leader in the farm tile drainage field and instituted many innovative concepts. He was proud to claim he was the oldest member of The Land Improvement Contractors Association of Ohio. He also served in the National Guard and as a Chester Township Trustee. Roger was an active member of the New Pittsburg and Oak Chapel United Methodist Churches for 68 years, and also served as a church trustee.
Roger was very active in his grandchildren s and great-grandchildren s school and athletic activities. Two of his favorite pastimes were eating at the Hard Hat Restaurant and going 4-wheeling with friends.
He is survived by his son Jeff (Shelia) Burckhart and daughter Julie (Jim) Matheson; granddaughters Shannan (Damon) Jones, Stephanie (Jeff) Long, Sabrina (Troy Counts) Bowles, Samantha, Sydney and Shelby Burckhart, Brittany (Alan) Parke and Destiny Boreman; great-grandchildren Brianna and Brandi Bowles and Lucas Mark; a brother Dale (Patsy) Burckhart; and his Aunt Faith Houston; many other cousins, nieces, nephews as well as close family friends Brandon Bowles and Karen Ringler.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Cliff Feightner, his former wife and friend, Pat Young, and Rich Ringler, who he loved like a son.
Friends & family will be received at the Church of the Saviour, 480 Fry Road, Wooster on Saturday, December 19, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed.
Funeral services will be held immediately after the calling hours at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Church with Pastor John Finn officiating. Burial will then follow in the Reedsburg Cemetery.
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Those who wish may make memorial contributions may do so to: The Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 4203 W. Old Lincoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com.
Oak Chapel United Methodist Church, 4203 W. Old Libncoln Way, Wooster, OH 44691
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Saviour
Saturday December 19, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Church of the Saviour, 480 Fry Road, Wooster