MISSION – James Burnett, 85, passed away on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at McAllen Heart Hospital.
Mr. Burnett was born on Aug. 9, 1929, in Detroit, Mich. to James and Eva Burnett. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, was stationed in the U.S. and married Joan Muneio in 1950.
He earned a master’s in education from Wayne State University in Michigan and taught elementary school in Roseville, Mich. He and his family moved to Ludington, Mich. in 1968 where he was the principal of three elementary schools. He was also a published author in children’s magazines such as Ranger Rick.
After his retirement in 1984 and travelling for a number of years, he and his wife settled in the Valley in 1998. Following his wife’s passing in 2013, he moved to Mission and married Rose Forquer in 2015.
He was a member of the Optimists Club, Masonic Temple and the First United Methodist Church in Mission.
Survivors include his daughters, Roxane from Idaho, Debra from California and Cheryl from Washington, and one granddaughter.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 1101 Dougherty St., Mission, TX 78572 for “Dinner with Friends.”
Cremation services were handled by Ric Brown Family Funeral Home of Mission.