Mark L. Burkhart
Mark passed away Thursday, August 18, 2022 age 72 to the sounds of Ragtime Cowboy Joe, a favorite road trip tune. Mark was born and raised in Kent and Rocky River, Ohio, graduating from Miami University where he met the love of his life, Lynn. In 1979, one of many memorable road trips, brought them West to Missouri where Mark continued his career in education. Mark spent most of his teaching career in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. His love of literature, art, writing, and history fostered creativity and imagination in his students. Mark was happiest spending time with family, dinners (and drinks) with friends, traveling, naps with his cats, volunteering at a cat shelter, immersing himself in a good book and remembering all the details, watching hawks and hummers, and collecting gnomes. He was an amazing artist, leaving behind endless sketchbooks and cathartic reflective doodles. His family and friends will miss his quick wit and sense of humor, his endearing kindness, and wonderful easy laugh. He was a good caring man. Mark will be deeply missed by his wife of 47 years, Lynn; his cherished son, Nicholas (Heather); and his precious grandchildren Evelyn, Olive, and Louis. Mark also leaves his brother Tim (Paula) Burkhart of Sonoma, CA; brother Paul (Leslie) Burkhart of Gabriola Island, BC;, sister Melissa Mickley of Lexington, OH; brother Jon (Leila) Burkhart of Evanston, IL; and mother-in-law, Rita Scherer; along with his many dear nieces and nephews. Mark was preceded in death by his brothers, David and Dan; brother-in-law David Mickley, and sister-in-law Laura Scherer. The family would like to thank the compassionate and dedicated nurses, doctors, and staff of DePaul Hospital’s ER and ICU units for their care and comfort during Mark’s hospitalization and final hours.
Services: Following his wishes, there will not be a service, but well-wishers are encouraged to write a note of farewell on a bottle of stout and drink it in his honor. In lieu of flowers, contributions are welcomed to his favorite cat house: www.7morecats.com or a charity of your choice that brings Mark to mind.