Dr. Kenley Burkhart passed away, Sunday, July 30, 2023 at Plainwell Pines.
Ken was born June 28, 1936 in Fargo, North Dakota, the son of Forrest and Ruth Burkhart. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Ken worked as a medical doctor and surgeon in Indiana, Nicaragua and Berrien Springs until the late 1970’s when he began working at Pipp Community Hospital in Plainwell where he served for many years until his retirement in 2011.
He was one of the first surgeons to perform laparoscopy surgeries and laparoscopic assisted hysterectomies. Ken was a gifted musician and enjoyed singing tenor in the Bach Festival Choir in Kalamazoo. He also enjoyed playing the piano, cello and many stringed instruments.
In his free time Ken liked cross country skiing, sailing, photography, film making and in retirement enjoyed making jewelry. On December 31, 1985 he married Dianne Strong (nee: Dommert) who survives.
Also surviving are his children, Holly (J. Drew) Fitzgerald of WI and Neil (Sylvia) Burkhart of AZ; grandchildren, Liam and Jacob Fitzgerald; step-children, Eric (Gretta) Strong of IL, Julie (Isaach) De Bankole of NY and Sarah (Andy Blake) Strong of Holland; step-grandchildren, Maureen, Tarryn, Imani, Megan and Brandon and siblings, Geri Burkhart, Cynthia Curtis, Gloria Nero and Daniel Burkhart.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Sharon.
According to his wishes cremation has taken place.
A private family service will take place.
Contributions in memory of Ken may be made to Christian Neighbors.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.