Blaine A. Burkholder

Blaine Alton Burkholder, 74, of Parkersburg, passed away Feb. 24, 2013, at his residence.

He was born in Parkersburg, the son of the late Fred C. and Opal G. Metz Burkholder.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had worked for Burkholder Pest Control and Contracting and later retired from Sears where he worked as a salesman in several departments including the Hardware Department. He enjoyed photography and was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing and hiking in the mountains of West Virginia.

He is survived by his children, Melvin R. Burkholder of Parkersburg, Robert L. Burkholder of Broadway, N.C., Dr. Garry W. Burkholder, M.D., of Hurricane, W.Va., and Michael J. Burkholder of Broadway, N.C.; his grandchildren, Tiffany Ann Burkholder, Robert L. “R.J.” Burkholder Jr., Cody Alan Burkholder, Blake Afton Burkholder, Alva Bryn Burkholder, Reagan Lyn Burkholder and Blaine Marshall Burkholder; and one brother, Ingral L. Burkholder of Parkersburg.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Melvin H. and Vivian Burkholder.

Visitation will be Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

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