Richard P. Burnett of Jefferson City, MO, age 91 died Monday, March 4, 2013 at Adams Street Place.
He was born near Hartsburg, MO on February 19, 1922, the first child of Richard Clyde and Beulah Vaughan Burnett. The family moved to Jefferson City when he was of an early age and he received his education in the public school system. He graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1940. He married Virginia Lou Huston of Jefferson City on June 16, 1946 at the First Christian Church in Jefferson City.
Richard served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1942 until 1946. He was discharged with the rank of radioman first class, having served at Great Lakes, IL, Cheltenham, MD, Chatham MA and San Juan, PR. Following discharge from the Navy, he joined the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1946. His first assignment was doing routine Patrol work in Brookfield, MO for a period of 13 years. His next assignment was at Troop B Headquarters in Macon, MO where he worked as the criminal investigator and the lie detector examiner for 17 years. His last 5 years, he was a lieutenant at Troop F in Jefferson City and retired there in 1981.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Jefferson City. He also held membership in the Masonic Lodge #86 in Brookfield, MO, the Missouri Highway Patrol Quarter Century Club and the Missouri Highway Patrol Retired Employee Association. For twelve years he was secretary-treasurer of the Northeast Missouri Peace Officers Association and also served with the Boy Scouts in Macon.
Survivors are: son Bob Burnett (wife Mary) of St. Joseph, MO; daughter Becky Schlueter (husband Tim) and son Bill Burnett (wife Paula) all of Jefferson City; six grandchildren: Kelly Cooper (husband Kevin) of San Diego, CA; Cory Burnett of Indianapolis, IN; Matt Schlueter (wife Candace) of St. Peters, MO; Scott Schlueter (fiancé Alesha Heckman), Drew and Kristin Burnett, all of Jefferson City; sister-in-law Bonnie Burnett of Jefferson City and brother-in-law Melvin Hunziker of Wright City, MO.
He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia, his parents, daughter Janet, brother Harold, granddaughter-in-law Laurie Burnett, and sister-in-law Betty Hunziker.
Friends will be received from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home. Interment with full military honors will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Hartsburg.
Memorials are suggested to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Association, B. L. Reid, 11405 County Rd. 399, Hartsburg, MO 65039 or the MASTERS (Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society), 5287 Hwy 67N, Poplar Bluff, MO 63901.
Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 W. Main St., (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at HYPERLINK "http://www.millardfamilychapels.com" www.millardfamilychapels.com
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