Remembering Don Burkett ~ Beloved Fruit Jar Collector Has Passed ~ Funeral Details Added

[Photo from the Midwest Fruit Jar Club's newsletter.]

Such sad news... Don Burkett passed away Friday May 1, 2015, due to complications from a fall. 

Don lost his sweet wife, Glenny, in 2010. The loss took its toll on Don, but he was always smiling when around his fruit jar hobby friends.

Our deepest condolences go out to Glenny and Don's family. Words cannot express how he was loved and how much Don will be missed.

Don was beloved by so many collecting friends, and the fruit jar hobby will miss him terribly. This is a sad day indeed.

Obituary and funeral details posted below these photos. 

Glendine Burkett / 1924-2010 / Obituary

The Legendary Don Burkett
Author and fruit jar collector Bruce Schank profiled our beloved "Mr. Mason" in the Legends of the Jars series. Read it here: Don Burkett

Don Burkett, Comedian 
Video clip, from the 2010 Muncie Get Together, of Don Burkett sharing a story about a jar (of course) having been shot by a bullet during the Civil War, and making the crowd laugh at his jokes!

Don during Show'n'Tell at Summer Muncie 2011.

Don Burkett with his Mason's Patent solid pour. [Source]

Don Burkett holding court in his room at Muncie. 
Don Burkett at his home, with Jeff Klingler.

Read the post about Jeff Klingler's visit to Don "Mr. Mason" Burkett's home. Jeff shares some more pix, too. Here:

Don "Mr. Mason" Burkett with some of his collection of only fruit jars that are embossed with the words MASON or MASONS. 


Donald C. Burkett, 84 years, a lifelong resident of Monroe, Michigan went home to be with the Lord on Friday, May 1, 2015 at Wellspring Lutheran Services in Monroe.
Born September 8, 1930 in Monroe, Don was the son of the late Clauideus and Myrna (Knapp) Burkett. Don attended school in Monroe and was a 1948 graduate of Monroe High School. He went on to receive his B.A. from Adrian College in 1952 and his Masters Degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1959. Don was a Boy Scout where through hard work he was awarded Eagle Rank.
Don served his country honorably and proudly in the United States Army from 1952-1954. He was stationed in Augsburg, Germany.
In November of 1965, Don married his beloved wife, the former Gledinne “Glennie” Smith Garrett at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Sadly she preceded him in death on February 11, 2010 after 44 years of marriage.
Don was employed as a teacher for Monroe Public Schools teaching Government at Monroe High School from 1967 until his retirement in 1986. Prior to Monroe High School he taught at Summerfield Schools, Custer Schools and for Mason Consolidated Schools.
Don was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher, Alpha Tau Omega, Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel, Michigan Education Association and The Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors, where he was known as “Mr. Mason”. Don will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Don is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Dennis J. and Barbara (Rassel) Garrett of Charleston, SC, three treasured grandchildren: Erica (Scott) Ensminger, and Matthew and Sean Garrett, all of South Carolina and two cherished great-grandchildren: Samuel and Tyler Ensminger and a sister: Myrna (Reed) Romine of Medway, OH.
In addition to his wife and parents, Don was preceded in death by two brothers: Robert and Lawrence.
* Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-8 PM in the Bacarella Funeral Home, 1201 S. Telegraph Rd., Monroe, MI 48161. [Get Map/Directions]
* On Wednesday, May 6, 2015 he will lie in state at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church from 10:00 AM until funeral services celebrating his life at 11:00 AM. [Get map/directions]
The Rev. Evans C. Bentley, pastor of the church, will officiate. interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park.
Online condolences, and special memories, may be shared with the family by visiting the obituary page at
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

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