Van Leuven, Portia Fay (Burkhead)


BIRTH 22 Jan 1923
Monroe, Adams County, Indiana, USA

DEATH 9 Jun 1972 (aged 49)
Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA

Mountain View Cemetery
Rapid City, Pennington County, South Dakota, USA


Portia Burkhead Van Leuven was born in Monroe Adams county Indiana January 23, 1923 to Loren Burkhead SR and Stella Boxley Burkhead. The family is still there in the 1930 census where her father was a farmer.

In 1959 she worked as a clerk at Donaldson's Department store. Portia and Frank lived at 705 Chicago Street for many years and lived there at the time of their deaths.

Portia was survived by her mother Stella Burkhead in Monroe IN; four sisters Virginia Burkhead of Monroe IN, Druscilla Hartman in California, Margaret Maddock of Warren IN and Wanda McFall of Carmi Illinois, and two brothers Loren Burkhead Jr of Montrose IN and Jack Burkhead of Alliance Ohio.
Her husband Francis also died in the flood they were buried in Mt View Cemetery.


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“Van Leuven, Portia Fay (Burkhead),” Flood of 1972, accessed September 30, 2022,