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Eugene B. Burkholder

March 13, 1945February 1, 2020

Eugene B. Burkholder, 74, of Myerstown, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, February 1, 2020. He was the husband of Mila Burkholder to whom he was married to for 34 years. He was born in Blue Ball, Lancaster County on March 13, 1945, a son of the late Elam M. and Mabel H. Bowman Burkholder. Eugene was self-employed owner of Burke’s Auto Body Shop and Burke’s Aircraft Painting. He was a member of the Mary Gate of Heaven Church. He loved to fly airplanes, farming, camping and time with his family. He was a man of many incredible talents. Eugene his wife Mila and daughter Shelly loved attending the annual EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Throughout his life, Eugene attended 37 conventions. Surviving in addition to his wife is a daughter, Shelly Wessner and husband Ross of Reading; brothers, Clarence Burkholder and wife Kathleen of Atlanta, GA; Elam Burkholder; sister, Marjorie Auman Pennypacker and husband Michael Rossier of Leesport. He was preceded in death by sister, Helen Bilger. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11 am in the Mary Gate of Heaven Church, 188 W. McKinley Ave., Myerstown, PA, with a viewing beginning on Saturday at 9 am. Clauser Funeral Home, Inc. is handling his arrangements. www.clauserfh.com


  • Visitation Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, February 8, 2020


Eugene B. Burkholder

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Anne Haislmaier

February 12, 2020

Dear Mrs. Burkholder,
Eugene introduced himself to us on one of his many trips to deliver milk to the Northern Virginia area. We will remember his warm smile and happy personality. We appreciate the love and dedication he had for Elam, his family, and all of us who enjoyed the fruits of his labors at the farm and on the road. Eugene will be missed.
Prayers for him and for your and your family.
Anne & Fred Haislmaier

Donna Etchberger

February 5, 2020

Dear Mila and Shelly, my sincerest condolences to you both. I don’t know how many years Dave worked for Burke, but I do know that he enjoyed working for him and with him immensely! If not for that relationship, I may have never met Gene. He was a very unique man with a warm smile and pleasant personality; a joy to talk to. I know we will never forget him. Taken from you too soon. (((Hugs))) 💞 and 🙏🏼.

Tracey Ritchie

February 4, 2020

So sorry Mila and Shelly in the loss of your husband snd Dad ..😪 We first met Burkey when I was working at the Mary Elton in the late 1970s , He came in to eat, my kids always called him that guy with the puffy hair .. He was always friendly and smiling .when we ran into him Hugs and . .. Sending prayers for you both ❤️Tracey And Ken Ritchie

Richard Bowman

February 3, 2020

In my adult years, I have not had many contacts with my Bowman cousins, in this case the Burkholder family. But at family reunions when I was young, I remember Eugene (and his brothers Clarence and Elam) giving us good times playing in their family barn. When we were hot and thirsty from playing bag tag or such like, we were always introduced to the homemade root beer getting cold in the cooler in the milk house. At those reunions, Eugene always had a happy smile and laugh.