Howard Eugene Burkholder "Gene", 93, of Uniontown, formerly of Ralph, passed peacefully on January 14, 2021 at his home.
He was born January 30, 1927, the son of the late Harry and Hazel (Caldwell) Burkholder.
He worked 43 years as a coal miner at the Robena and Dilworth Mines. Gene was a Veteran of the United States Army serving in Okinawa, during World War II. He loved spending time with his family and with his faithful dog, ZaZa; winters in Florida with the "Snow Birds" and riding his tractor mowing his grass.
In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his wife of almost 50 years, Jeannie; sister, Audrey Perkins; and brother, William Burkholder.
He is survived by his wife Beverly of 27 years; sister Doris Keefer; brother Ron (Patty) Burkholder, both of Connellsville; sister Genny (George) Pavlick of Atwater, Ohio; daughter, Karen (John) Prohira; son, Kenneth (Patty) Burkholder, both of Carmichaels; step-son, Roy (Lisa) McMullan of California; step-daughters, Tina Ayr and Dawn Camou, both of Ralph; grandchildren, Lori Burkholder, Kristy Marzo, Richard Burkholder, and Danielle McGinnis; step-grandchildren, Tiffany Elias, Brittany Camou, Randy Millholland, Mattison Johnston, Anthony Ayr, Vicki Ayr, Louie McMullan, Marissa Johnson, and Hana Williams.
Visitation will be held at the Dearth Funeral Home, 35 South Mill Street, New Salem, PA 15468 on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 11 AM until the Funeral Service time at 3 PM in the funeral home, officiated by Pastor A.J. Byers. Under PA Mandate and at the request of the family, masks are required, please maintain social distancing, and limit your visitation time to allow all family and friends to visit. The family thanks you for understanding. Entombment to follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, where Full Military Honors will be rendered by American Legion Post 423 and Masontown VFW Post 4584.
The family wishes to thank the care workers for the love, support and compassion that was given to Gene. A special thanks to Terry and Nadine Milligan for all you have done. Condolences and fond memories of Gene may be left for the family at www.dearthfh.com
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