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Robert "Bob" V. Burkhart

November 4, 1952 ~ June 24, 2018 (age 65)

Robert V. “Bob” Burkhart, 65, of Peoria, IL passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018 in Monmouth, IL.  He was born on November 4, 1952 in Barnesville, OH to Francis and Doris Lou (Martin) Burkhart.  He married Judith Ann Hoag Fritz on December 9, 2006 in Peoria, IL.

Surviving are his wife Judy of Peoria; sons Benjamin Burkhart of Chicago, Timothy (Nicole) Burkhart of Germantown Hills, and Daniel Burkhart of Normal, IL; daughters Hilary (Ricardo Loera) Fritz of Zellwood, FL and Jessica Fritz of Wataga, IL; grandchildren Easton, Jake, and Chandler Burkhart; brother Max (Kathy) Burkhart of Barnesville, OH; and one niece and one nephew.  He was preceded in death by his parents and step-son Benjamin Fritz.

Bob graduated from the first Physician Assistant program from Yale. He was a Physician Assistant at CT Assist in Decatur, IL where he specialized in cardiothoraic surgery. Bob was a gentle, kind-hearted soul with an open heart. He was always there as a husband, father, Papa, colleague, and friend. But his favorite title was being a Papa to his three grandkids. He was an avid pilot, flying for over 30 years. He enjoyed going to fly in breakfasts and air shows.  Bob loved metal detecting and all things academia and was a passionate lifelong learner. He loved to grill and was always ready with a homemade dessert. He will be missed by the many lives he touched. 

Cremation rites have been accorded.  A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Mason Funeral Home Germantown Hills.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to an Educational Fund for his grandchildren through CEFCU.  Online condolences at


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