Walter Roy  Burckholter

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The ONLY class I Loved in High School Yes Walter was Hard and Fun. Dedicated and forgiving. We Had to memorize ALL of our music...I still remember Most of it in my head. When a student was allowed to Love a teacher..well, I loved him. He had a Wonderful Laugh... God Blessed us all with this gift.

Posted by: Dave Coil Class of 71 - Washiington Court House, OH - Aspiring Trombone in HIS BAND   Aug 06, 2013

Aunt Mary Lois and family, what can I say? I didn't know Burk very well but I am glad of who he became. You all have been in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Posted by: Susan Glaze - Columbus, OH - Niece   Dec 29, 2012

My heart goes out to the family.Cant believe how much he looks like my beloved father. Correction on my living in Australia. Wes....we dont know where he is...but is now known as Raymond.

Dont know how this works,or where it goes, but if the family wold contact me that would be nice.
barbara or

Posted by: barbara - Lilydale - sister   Dec 28, 2012

I don't know how I missed hearing of his passing. I am extremely saddened to know that I will never again have the pleasure of seeing him at Walmart but I will continue to remember him fondly from the time I spent in the Coldwater Band room. Mr. Burkholter was truly a special man - he will be missed.

Posted by: Debra Eyink Kemper - Celina, OH - friend   Dec 28, 2012

RIP Mr. Burckholter: You gave me the chance to play drums in marching band, and turned me into a true musician, by letting me play sax in concert band, and playing piano in stage band, and also had your wife guide me playing piano. Thank you for the memories!!!

Posted by: chris hay selhorst - lake worth, FL - he was my band director   Dec 19, 2012

I got to know Walt when I started teaching at Washington Court House. I was a bit of an oddball having just come from my Army assignment in Vietnam. Walt did not hesitate to welcome me to the faculty. We spent many a "free period" in the teachers' lounge talking and telling stories. He was good to me, and I missed his company when he left. RIP Walt. You are remembered.

Posted by: Tom Gauldin - Washington Court House, OH   Dec 18, 2012

I have very fond memories of Mr. B and band. I walked into his office in 5th grade knowing nothing about musical instruments, and he decided I needed to be a trombone player. I can still picture him walking beside the band at parades and signaling for percussion to get the band playing. Lots of fond memories. He was a great band director and will be remembered fondly by many. He touched many lives. May everyone's warm memories of Mr. B help you and your family through this difficult time.

Posted by: Deb Prenger Rindler - Tipp City, OH - Former band student   Dec 18, 2012

To Mr. B's Family,
I don't think I ever meet any of you but I sure did know Mr. B. he was such a sweet caring man. I was just talking about him the other day to some of my friends and was telling them we were the best band around when he was the band director. I am so sorry about your loss but I know you know what a wonderful man he was. I know that God is with

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Posted by: Paula Stepter - Washington Court House, OH - former band member   Dec 17, 2012

One of the nicest workers from walmart. He helped me and my grandma for a half hour to find an air filter once. Truly dedicated person. RIP Walter. Have fun in heaven.

Posted by: Jimmy Criswell - celina, OH   Dec 17, 2012

Mike, so sorry to hear about your father. He was my band teacher, and I had no talent. But he accepted me anyway, and gave me many more passes for unruly behavior than I deserved. I have such fond memories of him, as so many of us do. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by: Tim Morrow - Washington Court House, OH - Former student   Dec 16, 2012