Barnesville High School grad Robert V. "Bob" Burkhart of Peoria died in a single engine plane crash in western Illinois Sunday, June 24.

According to the AP wire, Burkhart was at the controls when his single-engine plane, a model 415-D manufactured in 1946 crashed about a half mile from the Monmouth Municipal Airport.

Authorities said the plane was burning when emergency crews arrived at the scene. Both Burkhart and his passenger, Roger D. Lundgreen,72 of Galesburg, Ill., were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Peoria Journal Star noted Burkhart was born in Barnesville in 1952, a son of the late Francis and Doris Martin Burkhart.

Bob graduated from the first Physician Assistant program from Yale. He was a Physician Assistant at CT Assist in Decatur, IL, where he specialized in cardiothoraic surgery.

An avid pilot for over 30 years, he enjoyed going to fly-in breakfasts and air shows.

Survivors include his wife, Judy, five children, three grandchildren and his brother and sister-in-law, Max and Kathy Burkhart of Barnesville.