OBITUARY

Royal Huntoon Burkhardt

April 10, 1926March 21, 2013

Loving husband, father, Scientific Advisor, engineer, and accomplished musician, died March 21, 2013 from myocardial infarction. He was 86. He is survived by six children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Royal and his wife, Mary, were married for 56 years, until her death in 2010. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Royal attended the University of Iowa, where he received his BS and PhD in electrical engineering (1950). He then worked for the Navy Electronics Laboratory in Point Loma, CA, followed by two years (1953-55) in the U.S. Army, relocating to Arlington, VA in 1954. After his discharge, he worked at the Department of Defense (DOD) as a Physical Science Administrator and a Scientific Advisor until his retirement in 1988. While at DOD, he attended the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA, graduated in 1965, and later served on a NATO committee. He was also an avid photographer, serving as president of the local camera club and developing his own pictures for many years. While Royal received numerous honors as an electrical engineer at DOD, music was always his passion. As a trombone and euphonium player, he performed in numerous music ensembles, including symphony orchestras, concert bands, big bands, German and Dixieland bands, brass quintets, small jazz combos, and others in the D.C. area. He was admired by his fellow musicians for his outstanding musicianship, leadership, kindness, and gentleness. Visitation from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, March 28; Funeral at noon at Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield, VA. Burial at Quantico National Cemetery, 2 p.m.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 28, 2013
  • Interment to Follow Thursday, March 28, 2013
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Royal Huntoon Burkhardt

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Bob Burkhardt

April 5, 2013

Dear Cousins, Sorry to hear of Uncle Royal's passing. I remember some early demonstrations he gave of wiggling his ears. I wish I could have caught one of his performances. With love, Bob

Cindy Edwards

March 29, 2013

My precious Ellen,
Love goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I know you are so very proud of your dad. Hope to see you very soon.

March 29, 2013

Dave, Dana - so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers today. Bob & Holly

March 28, 2013

Dear Ellen, Ken, Ray, Dave, Liz, Mark, Our condolences to you. We will always remember the nice visits we had with A Mary and U. Royal when they visited us here in Wisconsin. It was especially nice that the three sisters, Elsie, Mary and Claire could visit around our dinner table. U. Royal took pictures, of course. Love, Barb and Pete Truttmann

March 27, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ellen and your wonderful family. We are soo very sorry to hear of the passing of your dad -- what a wonderful and very accomplished man - I know how proud you are of him. We love you. Deena and Mac (Savannah, Ga)

Don & Louise Walters

March 26, 2013

Dear, Ellen,Ken,Ray,Dave,Liz&Mark,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing
of your Dad.We enjoyed our time with him when we visited with Mark & Tammy.
He was a good man and will be missed.

Don & Louise Walters

March 26, 2013

Dear,Ellen,Ken,Ray,Dave,Liz,& Mark
We are so sorry to hear of the passing
of your Dad. We enjoyed our time with
him when we visited with Mark & Tammy.
He was a good man and will be missed.

Patty Adolph

March 26, 2013

I am truly sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with your family

Charles & Delores McWilliams

March 26, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Joe Berrios

March 26, 2013

My deepest condolences to your family. God bless you.