Neil L. Burckart

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Neil Leonard Burckart, of Lake Cormorant, Miss., passed away at the age of 84 on Tuesday, June 2, 2022, at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven, Miss. He was the son of Leonard and Merna Burckart of Marquette, born at Waukon on Sept. 29, 1937. He attended Mar-Mac School in McGregor and graduated in 1956. After graduation, he entered the Navy as a deep sea diver. While serving in the Navy, he went to northern California to work with his uncle doing construction. He later moved to Sonora, Calif., where he developed many projects while he lived there.


He was united in marriage on Sept. 3, 1965, to Patricia Northrop, and together they raised four children. They moved to Tennessee in 1990, and later to Mississippi, where he worked construction and developed land, one of his achievements. Neil developed Blue Lake Springs, where he lived until his death. He also did some construction work in Fort Scott, Kansas.


Neil was an avid hunter, and hunted in Alaska and Africa. He also published a book about his guide, Denny Thompson, about his time in WWII and his hunting experience.


Neil is survived by his children, Jeffrey and wife Penny Northrop from Sonora, Calif., Heidi Burckart from Glencoe, Calif., and Devin Burckart from Lake Cormorant, Miss; and special friend, Reva Smock from McGregor.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Merna Burckart; brother, Darryl Burckart; wife, Patricia Burckart; and son, Gregory Northrop.


Neil was cremated and will be interred in his family plot at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor, with military honors at a later date.

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