Burton Drum

Captain Burton R. Drum

Melbourne, FL

Captain Burton R. Drum passed away April 3, he was 90 years old.

He was an airline pilot of great experience and had flown everything from a Stearman Bi-plane to the Boeing 747. As a WWII veteran, he flew the TBM torpedo bomber off carriers in the Pacific then transitioned to commercial flying and rounded out his carrier as an FAA check pilot. Captain Drum lived in or visited over 80 countries during his lifetime and his thirst for knowledge never diminished.

He is proceeded in death by his wife, Ruth and was married for 59 years. Surviving are daughters Randy Williamson and Tawny Apple, granddaughters Melanie Ornowski and Jennifer Breaux and four great-grandchildren.

He will be missed.


Funeral Home

Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home
1010 Palmetto Avenue Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 723-2345

Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Apr. 15 to Apr. 17, 2014