Lt. Col. (Ret), Donald E. Burnett, Sr., 94, passed away peacefully on August 19, 2014 at Covenant Hospice.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Dominic Catholic Church, officiated by the deceased's nephew, Monsignor James Burnett. The Mass will be held at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, August 23, 2014. Lt. Col. Burnett will be buried at Salisbury National Cemetery in Salisbury, North Carolina with full military honors.
Don was born November 15, 1919, in Clinton County, Iowa, to the late Edward Martin Burnett and Ida Kelly Lentz. He was one of six children. He started school in a one-room school house in Clinton County where grades one through eight were taught by the same teacher. In high school, Don played basketball and went to the Iowa state playoffs.
He served our country with distinction and honor in the U.S. Army for almost 30 years serving in World War II, participating in Operation Overlord (D-Day), Vietnam, and Korea.
After retiring from the service he remained active with his family, taking college courses and assisting the Catholic diocese in Lakeland, FL. Don loved life and a good conversation. He enjoyed his trips with Beverly and visiting family. Don attended all of the grandchildren's graduations from high school and college.
Don was preceded in death by his sisters Vivian Ryan, Bernadine Fuglsang, Josephine Johanningmeier, and brothers Louis and Paul.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Beverly, of Lynn Haven; sons Lyle Burnett and wife Hilda, of Panama City, and Donald Burnett, Jr. and wife Marian, of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Beth Burnett (Eric Bray), Stephanie Burnett (David Farthing), Christian Burnett, Ian Burnett (Emily), Max Burnett, Teddi Burnett; three great grandsons, Gauge, Zane, and Alex Burnett, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The Burnett family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to Drs. Todd Menga and Doug Stringer, and special thanks to the staff at Bay Medical Sacred Heart, Healthsouth, and Covenant Hospice. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Covenant Hospice.
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Published in Panama City News Herald on Aug. 21, 2014