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Kenneth Leroy Burdette
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Birth: Aug. 20, 1949
Death: May 8, 2005

Kenneth Burdette Jr. Anchorage Daily News June 14, 2005 Longtime Anchorage resident Kenneth Burdette Jr, 55, died May 8, 2005, of natural causes in Gig Harbor, Wash. A graveside service with full military honors was May 13 at the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. Mr. Burdette was born Aug. 20, 1949, in Culver City. Calif. A decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in the 509th Airborne Infantry Regiment and 10th Special Forces Group as a medical service specialist. He was commissioned as an armor officer in 1982 and stationed with the 3-67 Armor Battalion, before being trained as a UH-1H helicopter pilot at Fort Rucker, Ala. Mr. Burdette was assigned to the 120th Aviation Company at Fort Richardson, where he served until transferring to attend the Florida Institute of Technology. There he completed a Bachelor of Science degree in aviation management and flight technology. Mr. Burdette then returned to Fort Richardson, where he was the Bryant Army Airfield commander until he retired in 1989 as an armor officer and senior army aviator with master parachutist and Special Forces qualifications. After retiring, Mr. Burdette worked as the Anchorage International Airport manager from 1989 until 1991, when he accepted a position with the Federal Aviation Administration as a special assistant to the regional administrator and finally as the regional emergency transportation representative for the FAA in Anchorage. He retired from the FAA in December 2004. "Ken was a great aviator and especially loved flying in Alaska," his family said. One of Mr. Burdette's Army helicopter students wrote, "Ken was the best flight instructor I have ever flown with." A friend wrote, "Ken will be remembered as an aviator, a loving husband and a patriot." Mr. Burdette is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Smith Burdette; his son, Tracy Myer; sister, Debra Carey; and many stepchildren, grandchildren and numerous dear friends. (Contributor Nancy K) 
 
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Burial:
Tahoma National Cemetery
Kent
King County
Washington, USA
Plot: Sec.7 site 719
 
Created by: Donald Miller
Record added: May 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 37260708
Kenneth Leroy Burdette
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Kenneth Leroy Burdette
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