Norman E Burkett, 64

Norman E Burkett, 64, of Fort Wayne after a valiant fight with brain cancer, passed away into heaven at 4:30 a.m., April 23, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family.

Norman was born July 5, 1955 in Winamac, and was the son of the late Cecil Burkett and Phyllis Burkett, who survives. He was a graduate of Manchester High School Class of 1973, North Manchester. He entered into marriage with Therese Joy Patrick on Oct. 1, 1983.

Norman was the plant manager and loyal employee of Laketon Refining for 47 years and an active member of St. Patrick Catholic Church of Arcola, a Benedicte Oblate of St. Meinrad Archabbey, former Boy Scout Master and former member of the Manchester Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite and Mizpah Shrine.

Norman loved his family. He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles, and traveling, including to Rome, Switzerland, Scotland, Ireland, Western USA including the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Arizona and the California Coast. He loved spending time outdoors, rearranging the garage, riding the mower to maintain the lawn and stacking up bon fires. Birthdays always included a big firework display on his July 5th birthday.

Norman is survived by his loving wife of 37 years Therese Joy Burkett; children Emily Marie (Sasha) Burkett and Nora Joy (Eric) Burkett both of Fort Wayne, Claire Nicholette (Dakota) Judy of Florence, Logan Patrick (Clarissa) Burkett of Fort Wayne; brother, Timothy (Amy) Burkett of Fort Wayne; grandchildren Jackson, Dakota Jr., Eric"EJ" Jr. and Ava.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 15, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church - Arcola, 12305 Arcola Road with calling one hour prior.

Visitation will be Thursday May 14, 2020 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at DivineMercy Funeral Home, 3500 Lake Ave, Fort Wayne. Face covering is required, gathering of 25 people and social distancing will be followed. Burial will be in Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne.

Memorial contributions may be made to St Vincent Carpenter's Sons / Neighbor Link, Cancer Services of N.E. Indiana or the St. Meinrad Archabbey. To sign the online guest book, go to

Posted on 2020 May 11