Joshua Michael Burkheimer “Burky”, 39, of Van Wert, was called home to be with Jesus on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at his residence. Josh was born April 27, 1979, in Van Wert, Ohio, to Patricia (McCune) Burkheimer and the late Cloyd M. “Stoney” Burkheimer Jr.
A 1998 graduate of Van Wert High School, Josh worked as a detailer for River City Harley Davidson and Raabe Ford. He went on to drive a truck for DNT Trucking for several years.
A lover of muscle cars and car shows, Josh had the pleasure of owning serval classic cars, however, his dream car, a 1969 Camaro Z-28, eluded him. He was also an avid collector of die-cast cars and Hot Wheels. Josh followed in his fathers and brothers footsteps and drove in several demolition derbies.
Josh was also a faithful Cleveland Indians, Pittsburgh Steelers and Ohio State Buckeyes fan and a trivia nut.
Those left to cherish his memory are his mother, Patricia Burkheimer of Van Wert; brothers, Christopher Burkheimer of Van Wert; Andy Bixler of Kentucky; sister-in-law, Ava Burkheimer of Van Wert; uncles, Mark (Joyce) McCune of Spencerville; Emerson (Vickie) Burkheimer of Mercer; aunt, Amy (Dennis) Albers of Wapakoneta, several cousins, as well as his cat, Zoe.
In addition to his father, Josh was preceded in death by his brothers: Brent and Jim Burkheimer; and his grandparents, Miriam & Don Steinebrugge; aunt, Linda Swany and uncle, Robert L. McCune.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday, July 20, 2018 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory with Cheryl Schaffner officiating. A graveside burial service will be held at 1:00 pm at Kossuth Cemetery in Spencerville.
Visitation is from 2 to 7 pm Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.
Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com. Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.