Richard Montgomery Burnett, 84, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, surrounded by his family at Maine Veterans' Home in Bangor, Maine.
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He was born Aug. 8, 1928, in Vine Grove, the son of Richard A. Burnett and Elizabeth (Crutcher) Burnett.
Born and raised on a 400 acre farm in Kentucky, Dick always will be remembered for his hard work, honesty and quick wit. The farm work ethic brought to bear everything in his life, and true to form of the Depression era children, if there was sunshine then there was work to be done.
Dick was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, retiring as first sergeant of the 397th Bombardment Wing, Civil Engineering Squadron, in April of 1968, five days after its deactivation and the closing of Dow Air Force Base in Bangor. A Korean War vet, his service took him around the world from North Africa to Spain and Japan. After retirement, Dick served as a detective with the Penobscot County Sheriff's De-partment before starting Dick Burnett Water Wells in 1973.
Dick married Evangeline LaPointe on June 23, 1966, and spent the next 46 years working hard and playing harder. They spent their Friday nights danc-ing to the sounds of the Woody Woodman Combo at Geaghan's Pub, out to dinner at Pilots Grill or playing cards with their friends, Ted and Kay McLeod and Harold and Cathy Smith. Dick never shied away from a good joke or a belly laugh, especially when his fellow "useta" boy, Ted, would yell across the room, "Hey Dickie, 'member when we useta…" An avid basketball fan, Dick traveled New England following his grandchildren and always could be found in the bleachers at any Nokomis or John Bapst game. He never let a bad call by the referees go unnoticed.
Dick was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Guy and twins Ronald and Donald Burnett; and his great friends, Ted and Kay McLeod.
He is survived by his beautiful, loving and devoted wife, Evangeline, who always made sure their home was warm and open to friends and strangers alike. He also is survived by three sisters, Helen Snider of Lou-isville, Patricia and her husband, Tom, Bryant of Lexington and Brenda Sampson of Lexington; and a brother, Gary Burnett and his wife, Cheryl, of Lexington. He will be deeply missed by three children, Carolyn Garland of Bangor, Mark Burnett and his wife, Dawnalyn, of Holden and Diane Chase of Bangor; and three grandchildren, David Garland Jr. and his wife, Shara, of Old Orchard Beach, Maine, Meghann Burnett of Bangor and Zachary Burnett of Jacksonville, Fla.
A Mass of Christian burial is at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bangor. Interment will be at a later date in Evergreen Cemetery in Hermon, Maine.
Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Brookings-Smith Funeral Home, 133 Center St., Bangor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maine Veteran's Home, 44 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401.
Published in The News-Enterprise on Jan. 18, 2013