Ben Burkett, 20

Benjamin Allen “Ben” Burkett, age 20, of Mendon, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009 from injuries received in a motor vehicle accident in Brady Township.  He was born in Kalamazoo on May 14, 1989 the son of Gordon A. and Minnie (Blair) Burkett, Jr.  He attended Vicksburg Schools where he participated in football and wrestling.  Ben graduated from Portage Central High School in 2008 where he majored in the Mechanics Program.  Ben was currently employed at Polderman’s Lawn Care Service in Vicksburg, and was scheduled to attend Glen Oaks Community College in the Fall.  

Ben is survived by his parents, Gordon & Minnie Burkett, Jr. of Mendon; 1 brother, Scott Burkett of Mendon; paternal grandparents, Gordon & Anna Burkett, Sr. of Kalamazoo; several aunts and uncles, including Darlene Blair of Portage; several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charles Homer and Ina Blair. 

There will be no visitation.  Interment services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2009 at Mount Ever Rest Memorial Park in Kalamazoo with Rev. Gordon Daam, Pastor of the Lake Center Bible Church officiating.  Memorials will be directed to the family.  Online register is available and condolences may be left at

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