William “Bill” J. Burkett, 68, of Fremont, while surrounded by his family at Hospice of NW Ohio, SCU, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 18, 2021, at Hospice of NW OH in Toledo. He was born on July 8, 1953 in Fremont, Ohio to the late Wendell W. “Bud” and Jane “Janie” E. (Easton) Burkett. Bill attended Fremont Ross High School, graduating in 1971. He attended Miami University and then Bowling Green State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Education in 1976. After college, Bill taught the electrical trades at Penta County Career Center, later leaving to start his own electrical contracting business, W. William Burkett Electric. After many years he returned to education when he became Transportation Manager of Fremont City Schools, retiring in 2015.
Two of Bill’s passions were youth and baseball. He coached 10–19-year-olds for teams including VVA (Vietnam Veterans Assoc.), Traveling American Legion, Fremont Ross HS (assistant coach), Exchange Club, WWBE and Genesis Baseball Academy. Bill strived to be a mentor and help give youths the skills they needed to become leaders in the community, whether it be through the electrical trade or baseball. On December 17, 1997, he married Julie Cross.
Bill's primary passion in life was living for and sharing his savior, Jesus Christ through word and deed.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Julie Burkett, foster son, Daniel Kimmet, sister, Wendy (Thom) Headley of Bowling Green, nephews; Matthew (Sara) Headley and Andrew (Jocelyn) Headley, great nieces and nephews; Ethan, Rowan, Foster, Emarie and Hazel. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Trudy LaCroix.
Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Grace Community Church, 900 Smith Road, Fremont, Ohio, 43420. Pastor Kevin Pinkerton will officiate.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Hospice of NW OH Special Care Unit, 800 S. Detroit Avenue, Toledo, Ohio, 43609, Greater Europe Mission by visiting: www.gemission.org, Fremont Youth Baseball at the Fremont Recreation Department, 600 St. Joseph Street, Fremont, Ohio, 43420.
Herman-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Crematory has had the honor of helping the Burkett family during this difficult time.
To express online condolences please visit www.hermanfh.com.