Wallace “Wally” Burnett

Wallace Richard Burnett (Wally) was born in Laramie, WY on Dec. 15, 1942 to Lillian Thompson Burnett and Richard (Dick) Burnett. Wally passed away suddenly Jan. 5, 2018.

Wally was raised on the family ranch at Little Medicine and attended elementary school in a one room school at the ranch. In the 6th grade they moved to Medicine Bow where he graduated high school in 1961. He later went to Casper College and earned an Associate Degree. Wally also had a certification in accounting.

He married Kaye Saultz and had three children, Brenda (Gordon), Dave (Carolyn), and Jim (Jodee). He later married Pat on April 24, 1993 and was stepfather to Jennifer and Amanda.

Wally loved life. The Medicine Bow area is where he chose to live and work all his life. He was a pilot for many years and loved to tell stories about his adventures. He loved to play pool and participated in the local pool league. He was member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Medicine Bow where he was an acolyte in his younger years. He also was a member of the Medicine Bow Lions Club for 46 years.

Wally owned and operated a trucking business that he developed such a love and passion for.  He felt that this was a dream job because he got paid to see all of his friends and acquaintances.  He had such a positive impact on everyone that he crossed paths with.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and one nephew Bradley Woodward.

He is survived by his wife Pat Burnett, his children, fourteen grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held 1:00 p.m., January 13, 2018 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Medicine Bow, WY. Please bring your stories and memories to share.

In Lieu of flowers, please donate to The Medicine Bow Health Center or a charity of your choice.

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Condolences (16)

  • Grace Hodgson

    Love and hugs Punky and to your family. You were a fantastic boy and great man.

  • Allan & Sylvia Parvin

    Our condolences-did not know Wally personally -just through stories from brother Guy. Take care Pat. Allan & Sylvia

  • Bruce Lawton

    I have known all the Burnetts for many years. I feel like I grew up with Punky, Johnny, Carol and Judy after they moved to town. Their mother Lillian was a gem of a lady. They were all such terrific people. I remember Punky playing basketball. Coming from Medicine Bow it seemed then that everyone was apart of your family because we spent so much time with each other. All had polio but each was affected differently. Punky was so friendly and easy going and loved sports. I have not seen him in recent years but that hasn't dimmed my respect for him and his family. It is so hard to see the life long friends near your own age that you have known starting to pass on. But it doesn't take away from the many great times we shared through out the years and the memories we have to look back on. Fairwell my friend.

  • Fred Cruickshank

    I'm so sorry to hear of "Punky's passing. I have some great memories of him. He was a hell of a good man!!

  • Anonymous

    Patricia - it's with a heavy heart that I offer you my deepest condolences, even though I didn't know Wally personally, I felt like I knew him because you always talked about him and your life together in our conversations. I knew you all had a devoted love, support and commitment to each other and were truly blessed to be forever soul mates! I know you will miss him so much!!! Little by little, day by day, one step at a time the Lord will give you the peace and comfort you need for your pain and sorrow, and the days you fell you can't make those little steps the Lord will carry you through. Love you and Prayers always....Linda Moore and Family

  • charles and marie Atkinson

    So sorry for your loss. Lot of memories growing up as close neighbors to the Burnett family. I pray for comfort and peace for each of you. Charles and Marie Atkinson, and Margaret Williams.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry for your loss. Wally and dad are telling stories in heaven and everyone around them is smiling. He was a great person , and will be missed. Prayers to all the family.

  • Sharon Kahl

    So sad to hear about Wally. He had such a sence of humor and always left you laughing. A great man. Sending prayers to Pat and the kids,and the rest of the family.

  • Dolly Biamon

    I have nothing but wonderful memories of Wally. May he rest in peace, Amen.

  • Penney Davis Kenedy

    So sorry for your loss. Wally was a great man. His laughter was contagious, he will be deeply missed.

  • Allen and Ellen Votroubek

    Sorry to hear about Wally.What a great guy he was He loaned us his trailer toter when we had to move from Medicine Bow in 1982,not many people would do that.He was a very honest hard working man and fun to be around.We will miss him.

  • Rae Magee

    My condolences to Wally's family. Getting to see Wally at TLM was always the highlight of my day. He will be truly missed.

  • Anonymous

    So sorry for all of you in the Medicine Bow area. A good man and well known throughout the county. Linda Fleming Baggs, member St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Baggs, a sister church of St. Luke's in Med Bow, too.

  • Anonymous

    Wally was a very hard working man. Gave up a simple job to live and work the ranch in the medician bow mountains that he loved so much. We became good friends when he married Pat. She worked along side him in all kinds of weather. Together they made their home in a worn down trailer Sometimes so cold water froze on the windowsill. They were wonderful friends and Wally never quit what he loved. BWe were blessed to have had him as a friend. RIP

  • Robi Spear

    So sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts & prayers.

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