Obituary Details

Charles Hiram Burkett

(07/27/1858 - 05/07/1933)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 05/11/1933


Well-Known Resident Expires Sunday a.m. While Milking

Charles Burkett, 74, an old-time resident of this county, died Sunday evening from a heart attack while milking a cow, on his ranch about a mile and a half northwest of Manville. Mr. Burkett has been bothered with high blood pressure for the past six years, but his death was entirely unexpected.

Shortly before 7:00 o'clock, Mr. Burkett, as usual, went out to milk, and when he did not return as soon as he should have, Mrs. Burkett went out to see what was the cause of the delay. When his wife found him, he had slid off the milking stool and pitched forward on his hands and knees on the ground, and had apparently been dead only a short while. The pail was about half full of milk.

Dr. Reckling of Lusk was called and he pronounced heart failure as the cause of death.

Funeral services wee held from the Methodist Church of Manville at 2:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon. Rev. Sears of Manville officiated, arrangements being made by the Peet Mortuary.

Pallbearers were Fred Kettler, T. L. Cantwell, Gus Johnson, Otis Hughes, I. M. Coggeshall and Lee Stoddard. H. B. Card, A. A. Spaugh, Ras Baughn and J. A. Manorgan were the honorary pallbearers.

Mr. Burkett was born in Franklin, Indiana, July 27, 1858, and died May 7, 1933, at his ranch home, being 74 years, 9 months and 10 days old at the time of death. His home has been in Manville since 1889, making him one of the old-timers.

He is survived by his wife, several children and grandchildren. It is impossible to get a complete obituary this week, but it will appear next week.

Lusk Free Lance
May 11, 1933
Chas. H. Burkett Dies of Stroke Sunday, May 7
Resident of Manville Vicinity for 74 Years Succumbs to Attack of Apoplexy While Milking Cow; 75 Years of Age

(Note: In the digital copy of the newspaper, the first few letters at the left are not visible. Every attempt has been made to fill in the missing parts accurately.)

Charles Hiram Burkett, pioneer farmer-rancher of near Manville, died following a stroke of apoplexy while he was milking a cow at his place last Sunday evening, May 7. Mr. Burkett was 74 years, 9 months and 10 days of age.

According to his wife who found his lifeless body, Mr. Burkett is believed to have had the stroke shortly after 7 o'clock. He had left the house at that time and fearing that something might be wrong when he was not returned sooner, Mrs. Burkett ran to the barn, there to discover his still form.

Mr. Burkett came to the Manville area about 45 years ago, and has resided there since. Besides his wife, the deceased is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Clara Dell Wessels, of Cleveland, O.; Mrs. Luella Pearl Johnson, of Omaha, Neb.; and Mrs. Imo B. Manning of Lost Springs, Wyo. Seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren are left to mourn his passing.

Chas. Burkett was one of the oldest residents in this part of the state, and was highly respected and admired by all who knew him. He had grown up in this community and was one of its most outstanding citizens.

Funeral services were held at the (?) church at Manville at 2 o'clock this (Thursday) afternoon. Reverend Sears, pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Manville cemetery. Musical selections were rendered at the services by a group of mixed voices composed of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hoard, Mr. Lee Stoddard and Rev. and Mrs. Sears.

The pallbearers were I.M. Cogshall, T. L. Cantwell, Fred Kettler, Lee Stoddard, August Johnson and Otis Hughes. Honorary pallbearers were Ras Baughn, H. B. Card, J. A Monorgan and A. A. Spaugh.

An obituary will be published next week.

Lusk Free Lance
May 18, 1933
Charles Hiram Burkett

Charles H. Burkett passed away at his ranch home, north and west of Manville, Sunday, May 7th, at the age of 74 years, 9 months and 10 days. His passing, due to an attack of heart failure, came as a severe shock to his family and the entire community as well.

Charles Hiram Burkett was a son of Ephraim and Sarah Jane Burkett. He was born July 27, 1858, near Brookville, Indiana. In 1859 his parents moved to Mackinaw, Illinois, going by rail and stage. Here he grew to manhood.

He was united in marriage with Ida Foote October 26, 1878. To this union were born three daughters: Mrs. Clara Dell Wessels, of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Luella Pearl Johnson, of Omaha, Nebraska and Mrs. Imo Belle Manning, of Lost Springs, Wyoming. Mr. Burkett was baptized and united with the Methodist Episcopal church.

In June, 1888, with a view to bettering Mr. Burkett's health, the family moved to Wyoming, locating near Manville where they have since resided.

He is survived by his widow, Ida B. Burkett; three daughters: Mrs. Clara Dell Wessels, Mrs. Luella Pearl Johnson and Mrs. Imo Belle Manning, Three sisters: Mrs. Mary Bennett, of Macknaw, Illinois; Mrs. Clarissa Sperry, of Allentown, Ill.; Mrs. Lulu Myers, of Bloomington, Illinois. Seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren in addition to many other relatives and a host of friends.

Despite the driving snow storm the Manville church was filled with friends and neighbors who came for a last glimpse of the well-known face and to join in the memorial service for a man who had earned feelings, warmer than respect.

The choir sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Sweet By and By" - old favorites that had been suggested by members of the family. Mrs. Lee Stoddard and Mrs. H. D. Howard sang, as a duet, "I Shall See Him Face to Face."

Floral offerings were beautiful for the time of year. The address was based upon the 91st Psalm, vs. 14 and 16: "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him....With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation."

At the cemetery there was only the Committal with a bit of Scripture and the benediction. Grass rugs and banked flowers within the funeral house disguised the sad purpose of the gathering to some extent.

"He was a good man." So said many who will miss his cheery greetings.

The Lusk Free Lance articles above are courtesy of the Wyoming Newspaper Project.

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