Ellis Harry Burkhardt

of Lake Jackson, TX

March 13, 1941 - June 12, 2019

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Ellis Harry Burkhardt, 78, of Lake Jackson, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Ellis was born in Mount Ephraim, New Jersey on March 13, 1941, to Albert and Florence Burkhardt. He graduated from Audubon High School and attended Gettysburg College and graduated from the University of Houston, magnum cum laude, with a degree in Marketing. He served in the Marine reserves for 6 years. His career in retail spanned over 40 years.

Ellis loved the outdoors and photographing nature, especially birds. He was a member of the Cradle of Texas Master Naturalist Chapter, Friends of the Brazoria Refuges, and Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.

Ellis was preceded in death by his Father, Mother and brother Albert Burkhardt.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Barbara and his sister, Shirley Quelch of Bentonville Arkansas. He is also survived by his stepdaughters, Donna Peiser Trusty (Lee), and Sandra Peiser Courrier (Terry). Other survivors include his grandchildren, Jennifer Trusty and Andrew Trusty (Elena), his two beautiful great granddaughters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private memorial celebrating Ellis' life will be held on June 29th. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the organizations listed above or a charity of your choice.

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3 Condolence(s)
Bill Ahlstrom
Angleton, TX
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Dear Barbara and Family,

I'm very sorry for your loss. Ellis was a man with his heart in the right places: Texas Master Naturalists, Friends of the Brazoria Refuges, and GCBO to name but a few.

He served his country as a Marine, and for that we should all be forever grateful. Ronald Reagan said it best - "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.
Semper Fi Ellis.

Regina Johnson
Houston, TX
Saturday, June 15, 2019

Barbara and Family,
I will be unable to join the service as I will be in Europe. Ellis was great fun to be around. He will surely be missed.

Mike Gribble
Wollerau, TX
Friday, June 14, 2019

Dear Barbara
my deepest sympathy and condolences to you at the passing of Ellis. It was nice he was in New Zealand and in wine I will remember him fondly. Keep strong and all my best wishes for moving Forward