Aaron Z. Burkholder
Aaron Z. Burkholder, age 92 years 11 months and 17 days, currently of Shiloh, OH and formerly of Fleetwood, PA, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at his home.
Aaron was born November 7, 1930 in Earl Township, Lancaster County, PA, the son of the late Esra Z. and Lydia Z. (Zimmerman) Burkholder. Together with his late wife, Ada, they established Burkholder’s Farm Fresh Produce located east of Fleetwood. He was a member of Fleetwood Old Order Mennonite Church, Groffdale Conference.
Survivors include his 9 children: Norman (Mabel) Burkholder of Mertztown, PA, Harvey (Rachel) Burkholder of Shiloh, OH, Elvin (Verna) Burkholder of Shelby, OH, Aaron (Phyllis) Burkholder of Shiloh, OH, Eli (Elsie) Burkholder of Greenwich, OH, John (Verna) Burkholder of Fleetwood, PA, Harold (Dorothy) Burkholder of Shiloh, OH, Mary (Ralph) Zimmerman of Shiloh, OH, and Emory (Ellen) Burkholder of Kutztown, PA; a son-in-law: Harvey Zimmerman of Shelby, OH; 75 grandchildren; 214 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Edna (John) Weaver of Kutztown, PA and Elizabeth (Elmer) Weaver of Fleetwood, PA; a brother: Raymond Burkholder of Edina, MO; and 2 sisters-in-law: Mattie Burkholder and Mary Burkholder. In addition to his parents, Aaron was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 69 years: Ada H. (Weaver) Burkholder on December 31, 2020; son: Paul Burkholder; daughter: Erma W. Zimmerman; grandson: Joseph Burkholder; great grandson: Isaiah; 5 brothers: Paul, Eli, Ezra, John, and Weaver Burkholder; and 5 sisters: Lena Martin, Mary Martin, Esther Zimmerman, Lydia Reiff, and Anna Martin.
In Ohio, family and friends are welcome on Saturday, October 28, 2023 from 1-4 pm at the family home, 6192 Ganges Five Points Road, Shiloh, Ohio 44878. In Pennsylvania, family and friends are welcome on Sunday, October 29, 2023 from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the family farm, 43 Stump Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Funeral services will be on Monday, October 30, 2023 at 9:30 am at Fleetwood Old Order Mennonite Church, Fleetwood-Lyons Road, Fleetwood, PA. Bishop Eli W. Burkholder and the home ministry will officiate the services. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Care for Aaron and his family is being provided by the Penwell Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio 44875 and the Ludwick Funeral Home, 333 Greenwich Street, Kutztown, PA 19530.