Anderson-Gerald M Burnett, 79, of Anderson, passed away on August 2, 2012. He was born on December 11, 1932 in New Castle, Indiana, the son of George and Lulu (Barkdull) Burnett. His family moved to Middletown at an early age and Gerald graduated from Middletown High in 1951 and Marion College in 1957 with a degree in Religious Studies.
Gerald felt a passion and calling for small rural churches. He served 4 ½ years at Allen Bethel Church and 2 years at Ovid Community Church, serving under the leadership of John K. Summers. In the fall of 1966, Rev. Burnett went to Markleville North Christian Church to "help out" and served the Markleville Church and Community for 35 ½ years before retiring in 2001. Following a small retirement, Pastor Burnett served as the Pastor of Visitation for 7 years at North Anderson Church of God and Madison Park Church of God.
Gerald was also employed for 33 years as a computer programmer for General Motors.
Gerald is survived by his loving spouse whom he married June 6, 1952, Phyllis (Myers) Burnett, of Anderson; daughter, Cherie (Greg) Ritz of Pendleton, son, Jay (Kyra) Burnett of Pendleton; brother, Don Burnett of Anderson and brother, Jim (Sylvia) Burnett of Denver, CO, grandsons, Adam (Tara) Ritz, Dustin Ritz, Travis Burnett, and Tyler Burnett. Also surviving are three step grandchildren, Lauren Glover, Christian Glover, and Olivia Glover; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by father, George Burnett, mother, Lulu Burnett, a sister-in-law, Ruby Burnett and infant son, Timothy Dwayne Burnett.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 8, 2012 from 2-8pm at Madison Park Church of God; 6607 Providence Drive; Anderson and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.
Services will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the church with Rev. Jim Lyon officiating.
Burial will take place in the Grovelawn Cemetery, Pendleton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Madison Park Church of God P.O. Box 2479 Anderson, Indiana 46018, Markleville North Christian Church P.O. Box 162 Markleville, Indiana 46056 or University of Michigan-Merkel Cell Research, Memo-In Memory of Gerald Burnett, University of Michigan-Dermatology Attn: Lorena Gilbert 1910 Taubman Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-5314.
The family would like to extend its heartfelt thanks to the nursing and hospice staff on the 5th floor of Community Hospital, Dr. Eddy, Dr. Elsaharty and Dr. Patel's care on Gerald's behalf.
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