James Roland Burnett Jr.

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CLEARWATER - Burnett, SPC James Roland Jr., age 21, gave his life in defense of his country on November 16, 2011 when the Stryker vehicle he was riding in was struck by an IED in the Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. James, a 2009 graduate of Clearwater High School in Clearwater, KS, joined the Army Reserves between his junior and senior year of high school and went to full active duty shortly after graduation. He was deployed in April with the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment from Fort Wainwright, AK and was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Wainwright, AK. He performed his duties according to the "Soldiers Creed" and freely accepted the risks involved with his job because..."Someone has to defend this country and that is what I want to do"... James was an avid hunter of deer and rabbits. He loved his three dogs Sundae, Angel and Cocoa and taking them on rabbit runs around the neighborhood. He loved video games and playing pranks on his numerous friends and siblings. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. James is survived by his mother and step-father, Rebecca and John Metcalf and half sisters, Natasha, Tiffany and Elizabeth, all of Wichita, KS; his father and step-mother, James and Cherie Burnett and half-brother Seth and half-sisters Jocelynn, Daisy, Ruthie and Cecellia, all of Brownwood, MO; his fiancee, Amy Keeler, of Wichita, KS; his grandparents, Neal and Sally Rogers, of Chaffee, MO, James (Jim) Burnett, of Zalma, MO, John and Mary Metcalf, of Ft. Myers, FL, Jerry and Linda Bell, of Advance, MO; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held from 10:00-12:00 Saturday, November 26 at the Community Church of Christ near Lowndes, MO. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 Saturday at the church with Rev. Jack Rogers officiating. Full Military Honors will be provided and cremation will follow the services, under the direction of Morrison-Worley Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Clearwater High School, 1201 East Ross, Clearwater, KS 67026 for a memorial scholarship fund to be set up in his name. Online condolences may be left at www.morrisonworleychapel.com

Published in The Wichita Eagle on Nov. 23, 2011
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