John William Burnett, 67, of Crothersville passed away at 7:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.
Born May 22, 1949, in Lawton, Oklahoma, he was the son of John William “J.W.” Burnett and Wanda Alene Burgett Burnett, both of whom preceded him in death.
John was a 1968 graduate of Manteca High School in California and a graduate of Lincoln Technical Institute in Indianapolis where he earned a bachelor of business degree.
John and Dara met for the first time on Thanksgiving Day in 1974 when he came to eat at The Pines Restaurant in Seymour. He was in the area drilling an underground cavern for Texas Eastern Pipeline Co.
Dara did not hear from John again until he called her at The Pines Restaurant on Thanksgiving Day in 1977. From that point forward, they continued to date and were married Aug. 23, 1979, in Carson City, Nevada. Dara L. Schlueter Burnett survives in Crothersville.
John loved the outdoors, all kinds of animals, computers, going to Home Depot and he could fix anything. He helped open Advance Auto Parts in Seymour, and along with his brother, Russell, he mined gold on Onion Creek in the Sierra Nevada in California.
Other survivors include five children, John William “Lil John” Burnett of Lodi, California, Heather (Nicholas) McIntosh of Crothersville, Bobby Burnett of Crothersville, Rachelle (Todd) Spencer of Jeffersonville and Brandon Burnett of Crothersville; six grandchildren, Isaiah McIntosh, who was John’s best friend, and he shared a special bond with, Nikaila McIntosh, Alexandra, Emma and Ella Burnett, and Camden Spencer; and one brother, Jack Burnett of Lodi, California.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Russell Burnett.
Pastor Irvin Benge will conduct funeral services at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Adams Family Funeral Home & Crematory in Crothersville with cremation to follow.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until time of service Wednesday.
Memorials may be given to Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.adamsfuneralhomeonline.com.