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Claude Wayne Burnett

January 21, 1945 February 2, 2019
Claude Wayne Burnett
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Claude Wayne Burnett

Our extraordinary loving husband and Father MSG (Ret.) Claude Wayne Burnett, age 74, left for his final tour of duty on February 2, 2019. He was born on January 21, 1945, in Grapeland, Texas to the parents of the late LJ and Blanch Burnett. He is survived by his wife Gladys Burnett, and his 3 children Willie Williams (Angela), Sonja Burnett-Allen (Karl), Patricia Bentley (Preston) and his 6 grandchildren who he adored. He is also survived by his 3 siblings John Burnett, Arthur Burnett, and Lou Ann Bankston and a host of nieces and nephews.
Claude graduated from Oakland Technical High School, class of 1963 in Oakland, California. After graduation he entered the U.S. Army where he became a veteran of the Vietnam War earning many decorated medals, accommodations, ribbons and awards. Which include; National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Non Commission Officer Professional Development Ribbon (3), Army Good Conduct Medal (6), Overseas Service Bars (2) and a host of other accolades. During his 22 years of dedicated service he held many senior positions including serving as a 1SG. MSG Burnett retired October 31, 1985.
Soon after his retirement Claude started his second career with the State of Washington’s Department of Corrections Washington Center for Women as a Correctional Officer. He worked until his retirement in 2005.
After his lifelong career and dedicated service he enjoyed relaxing at home with his wife and being with family. He spent every day with the love of his life of over fifty years enjoying their daily hobbies of playing bingo and watching Claude’s favorite westerns. Other hobbies included fishing, grilling and entertaining friends and family.
My dearest husband, I still say I love you, but now there’s no reply. I always feel your presence as if you never left my side.
You will always be in my heart,
Gladys


Arrangements by Edwards Memorial, Funerals Homes, Chapels and Crematories.
253-566-1008


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Visitation

Thursday

14

Feb

5:00 PM 2/14/2019 5:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 2/14/2019 9:00:00 PM
2 Edwards Memorial - Lakewood & Crematory

11020 S. Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA 98499

2 Edwards Memorial - Lakewood & Crematory
11020 S. Tacoma Way Lakewood 98499 WA
United States

Graveside

Friday

15

Feb

11:30 AM 2/15/2019 11:30:00 AM
Tahoma National Cemetery

18600 SE 240th St
Kent, WA 98042

Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 SE 240th St Kent 98042 WA
United States
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