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ST. PAUL, Neb. - Fredrick "Fred" A. Burkhart was born Sept. 14, 1940, in Clarence Mo., and died Nov. 25, 2008, at home surrounded by loved ones after a courageous battle with cancer.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Dec. 2 at Jacobsen Greenway Funeral Home in St Paul, Neb., with Father Ray Kosmicki officiating.

Fred was educated in Bouton and Perry Iowa, and graduated from Woodward, Iowa, in 1958.

In 1963 he was united in marriage to Karolyn Hunt in Valentine, Neb. From this marriage, four children were born: Elizabeth, Randall, Patrick and Timothy.

In 1983 he was united in marriage to Cindy McDonald in Sheridan, Wyo. From this marriage, one child was born: Sarah.

Fred worked for four major railroads in his career starting with the Milwaukee, then Burlington Northern, Montana Rail Link and the Nebraska Central Railroad. One of his many positions as an engineer was to train others to be engineers. He enjoyed this position more than any other and took great pride in teaching and seeing others succeed. He retired after 30 years of service and became a gentleman farmer in Ashton. In 2006 Fred, Cindy and Sarah moved to St. Paul where he lived until his death.

Surviving him is his wife Cindy; daughters, Sarah of home and Elizabeth of Des Moines Iowa, and sons, Randall of Perry, Iowa, Patrick of Des Moines and Timothy of Bozeman Mont. He is also survived by his mother, Esther Burkhart Crellin, and sister and brother-in-law, Don and Donna Daniels of Panora, Iowa, along with three grandsons, Devon, Kent and Dante, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd Burkhart, and a daughter-in-law, Rose Burkhart.

Burial will take place at the St. Paul Cemetery in St. Paul after a memorial service at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the family.

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