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Robert Edward Burket

March 12, 1950 – August 15, 2023

Robert Edward Burket

Robert Edward Burket, aged 73, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2023, surrounded by family.

Bob was born in Cincinnati OH on March 12, 1950 to the late Dr. Robert L. Burket and the late Joan (Kelly) Burket. As the first born, Bob was looked up to by his siblings, Karin (Jerry), Rich (Cynthia), the late Jonathan Burket, and Becky (Randy).

Bob was a 1969 graduate from Greenhills High School. He earned his Bachelor of Business Degree at University of Cincinnati and his Master’s Degree in Hospital and Health Administration at Xavier University. Bob worked at UC’s School of Medicine for the majority of his career. He was known for his strong work ethic, always putting coworkers first, and his great sense of humor.

A collector of t-shirts with funny sayings, comic strips, and shot glasses, Bob was quick to make you laugh and had a way of making everyone feel like family.

Bob was deeply devoted to his family. He married Diane (Kissel) on August 31, 1973 and had four children, Shannon (Maarten) Brooke, Bobby and Paul. He treasured his grandboys, Alexander, Jonas, Willem, and Lincoln, and was happy to teach each of them his wrestling moves.

Bob’s dedication extended beyond his collections; he attended every home game, packed the car for the annual Burket Family Reunion at Cedar Point, and made sacrifices in his career to ensure his family could go to college debt-free.

Sunday mornings were filled with Swedish pancakes, a Burket Family tradition, and impromptu wrestling matches with his sons and later grandsons.

Bob deeply cared for his family. He cared endlessly for his son, Robert “Bobby”, after returning home from Iraq as a combat engineer until his death in 2011.
In his final act of selflessness, he later moved in with his mother to provide end-of-life care.

His warm heart, sense of humor, and devotion to his immediate family extends to countless loving cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Bob will be missed but his legacy will forever live on by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Everybody loves Bob!

The Arlington Memorial Gardens Funeral Home will be hosting an informal Celebration of Life on Friday, September 1, 2023 from 4:00 PM concluding with a toast and bagpipe farewell at 6:30 PM. The address is 2155 Compton Road Cincinnati OH 45231, once on the grounds of the memorial park, follow the blue line to the funeral home.

Memorial donations can be directed to: The Affinity Project at http://www.AffinityProjectforVeterans.org, or to the Stray Animal Adoption Program at



Friday, September 1, 2023 from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home


Friday, September 1, 2023 at 6:30 PM

The Arlington Memorial Garden Funeral Home

Guest Book

“So many memories shared being neighbors for about twenty years. Adventures revolving cutting and hauling wood in an ancient pickup truck with questionable brakes. Our families shares some good times as well as some rough ones. You will be missed.”

“I Will miss seeing you and the dogs and you telling me you aren’t doing bad for an old guy :)”

“My sympathies and condolences to all of Bob’s loved ones in their loss of a good man, accomplished in many ways, dedicated to family and work. He will be greatly missed.”

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“I’m so sad to hear of Bob”s passing. He was a kind, wonderful person and will be sorely missed by many. My condolences to the. Burket family”

“Bob you built a beautiful family and you left an amazing legacy that will always live though your loved ones. Thank you for caring, and for your love for Olivia and Ben.♥️”

“Will be greatly misssed……”

“You are greatly appreciated and loved. You are in the arms of angels now.”

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