Donald Claire Burwell, 88, Glenwood
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December 6, 1923 - September 14, 2012
Donald Claire Burwell, 88, of Glenwood, died Sept. 14, 2012, at the Hospice With Heart facility in Glenwood. Funeral services were Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Peterson Mortuary in Glenwood. Chaplain Frank Fast officiated. Interment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Glenwood Senior Center or Hospice With Heart.
Donald was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Smith Center, Kan., to Clarence Elbert and Esta Ethel (Rorabaugh) Burwell. He attended Pleasant Dale Country School, then graduated from eighth grade at Walnut Grove School in Mills County. Don attended Tabor High School graduating in 1941. He faithfully served his country in the Navy during World War II from 1943-46. He was a S1/C Torpedoman in the South Pacific. Following his discharge, Don earned his civil engineering degree from Iowa State University in 1950. From 1950-57 he was employed as a survey, dam construction designer, which led him to becoming a chief weapon system designer for Strategic Air Command until his retirement in 1986. He was awarded the Missile Systems Award.
Don married Elaine Milburn Knight-Barnes on May 20, 1961, in Council Bluffs. To this union two children were born, Mark and Lisa. Don was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school. He was active in the American Legion for 67 years serving as past commander. Don was also in the Tabor VFW. In 1990 and 1996, Don was honored with the Good Neighbor Award. This was evident in his daily living, as he was a kind and generous individual.
Preceding Don in death were his parents; siblings, Harry Ivan Burwell, Ilene Hannan, Ena Pauline Krause and Doris Longinaker. He is survived by his wife, Elaine Burwell of Glenwood: children, Mark and wife Pamela Burwell of Papillion, Neb.; Lisa and husband Dr. Thomas Bieber of Clear Lake: grandchildren, Diana and husband David Kempson and their children Allison and Matthew all of Waldorf, Md.; Stephanie Burwell of Papillion: Joseph Bieber of Clear Lake: Matthew Bieber of Clear Lake; nieces, Charlene Nutting of Glenwood: Andrea Perumean of Fountain Valley, Calif.; Sharon Stevens of Newhall, Calif.; Nancy Longinaker of North Hills, Calif.; Kathy Longinaker of Springer, N.M.; sister-in-law, Kathy Barnes of Council Bluffs; extended relatives and many friends.
Published in The Opinion-Tribune on Sept. 19, 2012