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Richard A. Burnett

Richard A. Burnett, age 78 of Philip, S.D., died Friday, November 4, 2011, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Richard Burnett was born September 7, 1933, on the family farm near Huron,. Richard was the 11th of 13 children born to Roy and Alma (Katz) Burnett. He grew up and attended school in Beadle County and graduated from Huron High School in 1953. After graduation he enlisted and served in the United States Navy until 1957. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

Richard was united in marriage to Carol Potter on February 12, 1955, in San Diego, Calif. To this union were born, a daughter, Marlene, and a son, Richard.

On August 14, 1960, Richard was united in marriage to Jeanette Lappe in Huron. They made their home in Huron where Richard worked for the James Valley Cooperative until 1967. While residing in Huron, their four children, Diane, David, Terry and Denise were born.

In 1967, the family moved to Philip where Richard managed the Farmers Union Co-op station. Later, Richard and Jeanette moved to Oldham where he managed the co-op there for a short time, but Philip was home, and they returned in 1982. Richard worked for the fertilizer department at the co-op until his retirement in 1998. He loved the outdoors, especially working in his garden and tending to his apple and pear trees. For the past several years, Richard farmed for Terry Buchert whenever he could and enjoyed every minute of it.

Richard was a member of the Wheeler-Brooks American Legion Post #173 of Philip, and a member of the Philip Lions Club.

Truly blessed and grateful for sharing his life are his wife, Jeanette of Philip; children, Richard Schmidt and his wife, Konnie, of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., Marlene Helbach and her husband, Riley, of Almond, Wisc., Diane Volk and her husband, Gene, of Woodland Park, Colo., David Burnett and his wife, Mary, of Philip, and Terry Stone of Rapid City; four brothers, Clifford Burnett of Elma, Wash., Roger Burnett and his wife, Mary Margaret, of Huron, Harold Burnett and his wife, Ethel, of Huron, and Arlie Burnett and his wife, Shirley, of Huron; four sisters, Jesse Root of Huron, Maxine Paye of Cavour, Betty Albee and her husband, Glen, of Woonsocket, and Wanda Steichen and her husband, Bob, of Packwood, Wash. Fifteen grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren will also greatly miss their grandpa's words of wisdom and laughter.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Alma Burnett; two brothers, Clarence Burnett and Merle Burnett; two sisters, Charlotte Denoff and Dorothy Knouse; a daughter, Denise Kay Burnett; and a great-grandson, Michael James Riggins.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 9, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Frezil Westerlund officiating.

Music was provided by Marilyn Millage, pianist, and musicians David Roger Burnett and Melissa and Eric Holland.

Ushers were Greg Arthur and Terry Buchert. Pallbearers were James and Damon Volk, Chris Riggins, Keegan Burnett, and Solomon and Sam Stone. Honorary pallbearers were all of Richard's grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Interment with military honors by the Sturgis Honor Guard was Wednesday at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.

A memorial has been established.

Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.

Richard's online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com for those who would like to leave a message for his family.