Robert Eugene Burkepile, Sr., passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2023, in Sumter, South Carolina.
He was born on August 6, 1927, in Manzanola, Colorado. His family moved to Colorado Springs when he was 6 months old. They then moved to Brackettville, Texas in the mid-1980s, and he spent the past two years in South Carolina.
He spent 2 years in the military, first as a Merchant Marine and then in the United States Army and was a WWII Veteran.
Robert worked as a machine operator for Timken Roller Bearing Company in Colorado Springs (The Rock Bit Division). He married his first wife on September 24, 1947, in Castle Rock, Colorado.
He was an avid bowler, liked to dance and work on cars, and enjoyed playing golf.
He is survived by two sons, Daniel L. Burkepile (Sandra) and Kenneth N. Burkepile (Karen); Elizabeth Burkepile; a granddaughter, Melissa Gamble (David); and two great-granddaughters, Chloe and Lanie. He was preceded in death by two wives, Helen M.B. Burkepile, and Gladys I. Burkepile; two sons, Robert E. Burkepile, Jr., and Michael A. Burkepile; a brother, Delmar Q. Burkepile; and a half-sister, Colleen Cassett.
Services will be held on Monday, May 1, 2023, with a visitation at 9:00 a.m. and a funeral at 10:00 a.m. at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910. A private burial will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
Memorials in Robert’s name may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Shriners Children’s Hospitals.