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Kenneth E. Burchstead

April 17, 1943 - July 3, 2017

Burial Date July 7, 2017

Calling hours will be held in Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg on Friday, July 7, from 9-11am. A funeral service will begin at 11am. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery.


Leominster – Kenneth E. Burchstead, 74, of Leominster, passed away July 3, in Leominster Hospital after an illness.
Kenneth was born in Leominster on April 17, 1943, a son of the late Elton and Lila (Wood) Burchstead. He graduated from Leominster High School in 1961, where he played in the band. Until his retirement, Kenneth worked as the lead maintenance for the Norton Turbine Company.
Kenneth recently celebrated his 50th year as a Mason, belonging to the Wilder Lodge in Leominster. Kenneth was also an active member of the Midstate Antique Auto Club, the NRA, and the National Corvette Museum; he always enjoyed his yearly trips to Carlisle, PA for the car show. He enjoyed working in his yard, and loved his two Shelties, Tootsie and Sarah.
He leaves his children, Daniel Benoit of FL, Paul Benoit of Littleton, Sherry Gonynor of Leominster, and Gloria Wilkey of Leominster; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and close friends. Kenneth is also survived by his sister Corinne Ryll of ME.
Kenneth was predeceased by his wife Mary (McGinnis) Burchstead in 2016, and his brother Karl Burchstead.