Randall K. Burkhalter (Randy) passed away in Globe, Ariz. On Aug. 13, 2019. Randy was born in Layfayette, Indiana on Oct. 1, 1943 (75) to Daniel Dale and Lucille Burkhalter. He was preceded in death by his youngest son Ryan Burkhalter and his parents. Survivors include his step mother Jane Burkhalter (Delphi, Indiana), brother Larry Burkhalter (Kent, Wash.), and sister Jull Payne (Apache Junction, Ariz.) his wife Donna Burkhalter of 58 years (Globe), daughter Colleen Burkhalter (Globe) and son Travis Burkhalter (Marana). Three granddaughters, Erin Sanders and husband Ty Sanders (Globe), MichaelAnn Heft (Globe) and Kayleen Zaaragoza (Globe). Three great-grandsons Kaydin Sanders, James Sanders, and Luke Heft. One great-granddaughter Evelyn Sanders. Randy was raised in Indiana, when he was 15, he moved to Illinois where he met his wife Donne and graduated high school, they married in 1961. In Dec. 1966 he moved his family to Tucson Ariz. Randy became a teamster and was working in Tombstone, where he met Johnny Mercer. Johnny offered him a job that brought the family to Globe. In 1971 Randy joined the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 428. He was a member of the Operating Engineers for 45 years. In 1993 he started working for Gila County on the road crew. He worked for Gila County for a total of 15 years, his last five years were spent at the fairgrounds until his retirement.
Randy always loved hunting, fishing and trapping. In the early 70s he joined the Tucson rod and gun club, where he met many of his lifelong friends. Randy loved to travel, he would take his family on road trips to Indiana, Arkansas, and everyplace in between. He was also able to take his wife on a once in a lifetime trip to Alaska. In his years after retirement he spent his time doing yardwork and odd jobs, but his favorite pastimes were spending hours in his garden, and spending time with his great-grandchildren.
There will be an open celebration of life and potluck, on Oct. 16 at 3 p.m. at the Gila County Fairgrounds. The family would like to invite anyone that has known him to come and share their favorite memories.
In lieu of flowers we ask the you donate to the Dylan Earven Foundation.
He will be missed by all.