Richard Carl Buerkle, age 84, of Kingsland, was called home on May 27, 2019. He was the son of the late Luering H. and Alberta Mae Buerkle. He was born in Dayton, Ohio and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He graduated from Howe High School and completed his collegiate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in Parks and Recreation. He joined the military after graduation from college, where he served as Captain in the US Air Force. He became a navigator for the 91st Refueling Squadron. After serving in the military, he started his career as a Park and Recreation Director. He was employed in the following communities: Pekin, Illinois; St. Charles, Illinois; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. At the age of 52, he changed professions and became an “Innkeeper”. He retired in 2008 and moved to Georgia to be closer to his family.
Mr. Buerkle is survived by his wife, H. “Dolly” Buerkle, of Kingsland; son, William (Karen) Buerkle, of Charleston, SC, son, Robert (Sherri) Buerkle, of Albuquerque, NM; daughter, Kay Lynn (John) Sims, of Callahan, and son, Brad (Lesley) Buerkle, of Kingsland; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2019, at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: https://ghcholdings.com/ghc-foundation, or you can mail a donation to the following address: Georgia Hospice Care 777 Gloucester Street, Suite 303, Brunswick, Georgia 31520.
Coastal Camden Funeral Home, Kingsland, is entrusted with Mr. Buerkle’s arrangements