CPT Lawrence "Larry" E. Burton was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 05/08/2015 at the age of 81.0 from Auto accident
Bath, NY
Flight Class 39-54
Date of Birth 05/02/1934
Served in the U.S. Marine Corps
Served in Vietnam with HMM-162 in 62-63
This information was provided by Sammie Williams

More detail on this person: Lawrence E. Burton, and Brenda A. Burton, went to be with their Lord and Savior on 5/8/15, as a result of a tragic automobile accident which occurred in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.

Lawrence was born in Bath on May 2, 1934. He graduated from Haverling High School in 1952 and from Alfred State University in 1954. He entered the Naval Air Cadet program in 1954. In 1955, he received his naval wings and officers' commission. He was a Marine helicopter pilot who flew an astounding 634 missions in Vietnam and was shot down twice during his service to his country. Larry earned countless service medals, among them the Medal of Valor and the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with the Silver Star. Afterwards, he spent two years instructing helicopter pilots. With an honorable discharge, he returned to Bath in 1970. He then worked for Steuben County as the Supervisor of the Support Collections Unit and retired in 1995. Larry was a lifelong member of the Bath American Legion, and of the First Presbyterian Church of Bath and loved taking care of his church and church family, serving in many leadership positions throughout the years. Brenda was born in Bath on May 23, 1941. She graduated from Haverling High School in 1959. She then attended Doyle Beauty School and ran her own beauty shop. She co-owned Merrie Mites Children's store in Bath for fifteen years. Brenda lovingly fulfilled duties at Bath Haverling High School as study hall monitor and teacher assistant at V.E.W. Primary school until her retirement in 2006. She was a lifelong member of the Bath Presbyterian Church, and served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for an abundant amount of years. Brenda took pride serving cookies to anyone who needed God's special touch. Soulmates Brenda and Larry were happily married on April 8, 1972. Over the years, they coached Cinderella softball and participated in Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities with their children. They were avid sports lovers and never missed any of their children's or grandchildren's many sporting events. They showed their love every day for their Lord Jesus Christ, their family, friends, their town, and their country.

They are predeceased by their parents, Earl and Myrtle Burton, Harry and Florence Glodny, and Evelyn Meincke. Larry was predeceased by his infant son, Richard.

They are lovingly survived by Larry's brother, Jim (Edna) of Hackettstown, New Jersey, Brenda's sister, JoAnn (Bob) Manning, of Horseheads, their children: Kathryn (Charley) Martin of Pensacola, Florida, Tracey (Daniel) Finley of Jacksonville, Florida, Suzette (Thomas) Tunison of Bath, Melissa (John) Cottone of Mount Morris, NY, Sherman (Chad Faulkner) Lyke of Bath, and Matthew (Andrea) Lyke of Bath. They surrounded themselves with all of their grandchildren: Kelly (Cara) Bertone, Alicia Thomas, Thomas (Courtney) Tunison, Daniel (Michelle) Tunison, James Tunison, Kathleen Clark, Madeline and Jonah Cottone, and Skylar, Caleb and Torin Lyke. Great grandchildren are Emily, Leanna, and Andrew Thomas, Jack Tunison, Ava Tunison, and Rowan Bertone, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday, 4-7 pm. The funeral will be held also at the church on Saturday at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bath, the Bath American Legion, or to the St. Labre Indian School in Montana. God Bless. Condolences may be made at www.fagansfuneralhome.com

Published in The Corning Leader on May 13, 2015

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