Wood Funeral Home

16 Main St., Branchville, NJ


Kenneth M. Burkhardt

May 9, 1986July 3, 2020

Kenneth M. Burkhardt, 34, recently of Sussex, N.J., died on July 3, 2020, at his home surrounded by those he loved after a long battle with cancer.

He graduated from Warwick High School in 2004 and began his career as crew chief of a land survey team. His latest employer was Bowman Consulting in Cedar Knolls, N.J.

A gifted drummer, Kenny played primarily in the Hudson Valley with the bands Shine Box and Dr. Mudd. Like his father, Kenny loved his cars and taking them down to the racetrack was his passion. He could also be found at the gym where he enjoyed his workouts. Kenny spent his summers growing up at Cranberry Lake with his family and was on the swim team where he excelled at backstroke.

We thank God for the past year when Kenny was in remission and was able to fully enjoy family, friends and hobbies.

Kenny leaves behind his parents, Ken and Mary Burkhardt; his sister, Kathryn, and brother, Eric; his girlfriend, Crystal, and her son, River; as well as his faithful dog, Bear.

Services are private at this time due to COVID precautions and a Celebration of Life will be offered soon.

In lieu of flowers, donations of blood to the blood banks from which Kenny received multiple blood transfusion, or charitable donations to Catholic Charities, 398 5th Avenue, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, Samaritan Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or Salvation Army, PO Box 269, Alexandria, VA 22314 would be appreciated.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Wood Funeral Home, 16 Main Street, Branchville, N.J.


  • Ken Burkhardt, Father
  • Mary Burkhardt, Mother
  • Kathryn, Sister
  • Eric (and girlfriend, Crystal), Brother
  • Bear, Beloved Dog

  • Bloodbank
  • Samaritan Purse
  • Catholic Charities
  • Salvation Army


  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, July 6, 2020


Kenneth M. Burkhardt

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July 14, 2020

Kenny was a great guy, I enjoyed working with him as he was always giving that extra effort. With him being in the field I did not get to see him much, but when I did or if I met him on a job site, he was always happy and friendly to talk with, even when things were challenging. He and Crystal were so great together when they came to the office holiday party. I will miss him and his great attitude on life.

Eric Keller, Bowman Consulting

Joseph Anfuso

July 8, 2020

Dear Mary, Ken, Kathryn, Eric, Crystal, River, and Bear,
My deepest condolences on the loss of your beautiful young son, brother, boyfriend, friend to River and best friend to Bear. It’s with a heavy and sad heart I write to you. Kenny was a joy to be around and to work with and he made me laugh and I made him laugh; yeah we laughed a lot! A friend nicknamed him smiley. I could always count on him to do the best job and he never ever faltered—he impressed me for such a young man at that time. We went to one of his early shows in NYS—we’re a lot older than him and he was thrilled that we showed up. He defended my name last month when an imposter was writing on Facebook pretending to be me. I thought I’d be seeing him this summer when I was coming up for a visit. My mother remembers meeting Ken Senior at my event at my workshop and commented back then that she knew where Kenny got his jovial and friendly personality from.
I wish you all peace and love and Kenny will never be forgotten—you know he touched everyone he met.
My words cannot express my feelings of loss for Kenny, and for you at this time-I hope you have peace—I believe Kenny is at peace and I believe I will meet up with him again and we will make one another laugh as always!!!! Peace and love, Joseph

Bruce Territo

July 8, 2020

Dear Mary, Ken and Family
I am offering our sincere and deepest condolences for the loss of
your son Kenny . His passing was announced at Sunday mass and I felt it was important to offer our support and prayers .

Carol and Bruce Territo

Joseph and Susan Fierro

July 6, 2020

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Burkhardt and family:

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Susan and Joseph Fierro

Tony Gaffney

July 6, 2020

I only knew Kenny for a short time, I worked with him at his last employer, shared an office space with him. Being a drummer myself I knew Kenny was cool. He wasn't in the office often, usually out in the field most of the time, but when he did come in he was always pleasant and upbeat, even when he was ill. If you didn't know you wouldn't have guessed.
The good ones die young is often heard, its worse when they are a person of quality. Kenny will always be an example to me of how to handle the detriments of life with grace. I am fortunate to have met him. He will not be forgotten.