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Kauber-Fraley Funeral Home

289 S Main St PO Box 1413, Pataskala, OH

OBITUARY

Timothy Edward Burkey

July 21, 1955May 18, 2020

Timothy Edward Burkey, 64, of Columbus, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 18, 2020 at St. Ann’s. He was born on July 21, 1955 in Columbus, OH, a son to the late Bernard and Gene (McCullough) Burkey. Tim was a strong entrepreneur and was employed with Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. He was a member of Columbus Vineyard, loved music and played many instruments. He is survived by his loving children, Patrick (Sarah Turner), Stephen (Mandy), Kimberly (Steve Paishon) and David Burkey; grandchildren, Kayden, Samantha and Cora Burkey; siblings, Joe, Jeff (Cathy) and Sue Burkey; nieces and nephews, Karen, Don (Karen) and Christi; lots of loving cousins and many friends. Honoring Tim’s wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Vineyard Community Center, 6000 Cooper Rd., Westerville, OH 43081, in Tim’s memory.

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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, May 29, 2020

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Scott Moore

May 30, 2020

Tim was one of my best friends growing up. He was my Best Man at my wedding, I am sorry I lost track of him and did not see the obituary until it was past the service. I spent most of my teen years years at his house, at the cabins by the Wayne National Forest. I learned to do plumbing from his father, how to cook and have faith from his mother, how to shoot a gun and drink beer from his brother Jeff, and how to be a friend and an almost brother from grown-up with Tim. We sang together in Choral and Choir at Walnut Ridge High School, and I was always amazed at his ability to play any musical instrument he picked up. We spent many a weekend at the cabins with him playing his banjoes, and late nights under the stars in the woods. He was a good friend who never judged me, inspired me to try new things, and to always feel like part of his family. I hope someone from the family calls me to talk.
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Julie Snoeberger

May 29, 2020

I worked with Tim the last 3 years at Forest Lawn and he was such a hoot to work with! Always made people smile with his jokes and humor and had a big heart. He touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. ♥️

Cheryl Pace

May 29, 2020

We met Tim and his family at New Horizon Community Church. Years went by and he helped with my moms funeral realizing that we both looked familiar from another time . We started to laugh talked about old times . It was like we never missed a beat! He always made you feel comfortable and gave you an instant smile! I’m so glad our paths met again. Fond memories Rest In Peace! Cheryl and Wayne Pace

David & Vicki Plunkett

May 28, 2020

We honor the memory of Tim as the beloved father-in-law to our daughter, Mandy. His great sense of humor and endearing smile always made us feel welcome when we were in his presence. He had a kind spirit and the joy of the Lord was evident in his life. We deeply appreciate the extra attention/time he showed to our grandson, Kayden and the adoring ways he demonstrated to Cora. He loved his grandchildren dearly. Tim, we know without a doubt that "It is Well with your Soul!" Heaven is a sweeter place today. Rest in peace kind friend.

David and Vicki Plunkett

Elizabeth Westenbarger

May 28, 2020

I told Tim that I thought he channeled his father (my Uncle Bernard). Tim looked like Bernard. He had Bernard's voice and way of talking - they're not the same. He had Bernard's sense of humor and way of interacting with everyone he met. Timothy was incredibly loved and appreciated by his family (including all of us McCullough cousins), by his high school buddies, his band mates in the OU 110, his dorm and classmates at OU, and probably everyone he came in contact with. Thinking about Tim brings a smile to my lips and tears to my eyes. I will miss you, Tim.

Barbara Bellamy

May 27, 2020

Tim was a favorite cousin from childhood right up to the present. We spent many happy summer weeks together as kids, and sadly only got together for family reunions in later years. Our moms were determined to show us the wonders of Southern Ohio, and I have wonderful memories of all 9 kids piled into station wagons (before seat belts!) for our trips to Serpent Mound, Schoenbrunn, and The Plains, among others. His booming laugh and welcoming hugs always made my Reunion trips such a delight. I know the angels are belly laughing right now. Rest In Peace, dear one!

Jim Hackbarth

May 26, 2020

Tim and I went to Walnut Ridge together but really became good friends at Ohio University. I transferred to OU my sophomore year and Tim and I were on the top floor of Sargent hall (dorm) that year; that is when I really got to know Tim. He was one of the most caring and funniest guys on the floor and always treated everyone as a best friend. Since I was new to OU he took me 'under his wing.' I fondly recall him marching up and down the hall banging his cymbals and making sure we all enjoyed life. My most fond memory of Tim was Feb. 1976. My dad died unexpectedly in Columbus. One evening at the funeral home, I looked up and there were about 12-15 guys from our dorm. Tim somehow, got his hands on a school bus and found a driver to drive everyone to come visit with me at the funeral home! That story says it all the kind of person that Tim was. I regret i did not find a way, later in life to stay in touch with Tim. God Bless Tim! I envision him with the Lord today banging his cymbals and giving a kind smile and a laugh to many. Tim, until we meet again! Love ya man! Jim Hackbarth

Lisa James

May 23, 2020

I worked with Tim while he was at Green Lawn Cemetery. Such a nice man! During the time that he was there, I think there was one time that I saw him not smiling. I was very sorry when he decided to leave. My family is at Forest Lawn and I kept meaning to call him to ask about my niche; I'm sorry that I didn't. My prayers are with his family, prayers for comfort and the peace that passes all understanding. God will see you through.

JW Burkey

May 23, 2020

My younger brother Tim was the extrovert to my introvert.
Late in life I realized that most of my best friends in the various places I have lived were much like him in that way. They were replacements for him.
Many have said that he was the funniest guy they knew. He was the life at any gathering.

His ministry was to the homeless, who he called “his homies”. Not the homies, HIS homies. He didn’t just write a check, he went out on the street to the places they gathered. He knew many of them by name and knew and their individual needs.

Kathy Needles

May 23, 2020

I want to send my deepest sympathy . I remember Tim's super personality. His personality was priceless. He arranged my husband's burial last Fri. May 15. He made it easier on me. He will be sadly missed.

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