He was a veteran of the United States Army.
He is survived by his wife, Betty McCoy Burkeen of Calvert City; son, Ronald Burkeen of Benton; daughters, Brenda Robey and Debbie Tabor of Paducah; grandchildren: Jennifer Showers, Rebecca Aarvig, Amanda Burkeen and Brian Robey; and great grandchildren, Alyssa Showers, David Showers, Tyler Aarvig, Dylan Aarvig and Katie Crume.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Jess Burkeen, Raymond Burkeen, Clint Burkeen, Paul Burkeen, Edward Burkeen and Leonard Burkeen, sister, Edna Moore and his parents, Everett Eugene Burkeen and Lizzie Smith Burkeen.
Graveside services with military rites were held May 28 at Dees Cemetery with Bro. Chris Moore officiating.