Lonny William Burnam(1922 - 2013)


Lonny William Burnam

Lonny William Burnam, 91, of Salinas, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013. He was born March 5, 1922, in Decauter, TX to Eva and Roy Burnam.

Lonny grow up on farms in Whiteflat, Brinkman and Reed, Oklahoma. He joined the U.S. Navy during WWII. He returned to Oklahoma and married Betty (Peggy) Irene West and returned to farming in Reed, OK. After farming during drought years in Oklahoma, Lonny and Peggy moved to Southern California in 1954 where he became a Postal Letter Carrier. He moved his family to Salinas in 1957. Lonny retired from the US Postal Service.

Lonny was preceded in death by his parents, Eva and Roy Burnam; step-mother, Kate (Stewart) Burnam; his wife, Katherine Nichols Burnam; brothers, Lloyd, Oliver, Edward, Joe, Benny, Robert, Marcus (Foss); and son, Randy Burnam.

He is survived by his sisters, Jean Cumbie, Pati Spoon, Janelle Dement; brothers, Dale, Leb, Steve; sons, Clayton (Sharon) Burnam, Jeffery Burnam; daughter, Lonna Brown; grandchildren, Carrie Yee, Brian, Ryan, Kimberly Burnam, Jennifer (Dan) Kaufman; and great-grandchildren, Maggie Yee and William Kaufman.

A special thanks to the staff at Close to Home for their exceptional care of our father.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2013, at Struve and Laporte Chapel, 41 W. San Luis St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Struve and Laporte Chapel.

Burial will follow at Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to VNA Hospice of Salinas, or Close To Home, 818 Riker St., Salinas, CA 93901.

Funeral arrangements by Struve and Laporte Funeral Home. Online condolences to www.struveandlaporte.com.

Funeral Home

Struve and Laporte Funeral Chapel
41 West San Luis Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 424-0311

Published in The Salinas Californian on May 11, 2013