Clair Victor Burnett, age 82, of rural Anselmo, died May 1, 2014 at Jennie Melham Memorial Hospital, Broken Bow after an unfortunate accident while he was caring for his cattle. He was born Aug. 30, 1931 near Berwyn, the youngest of six children to Douglas and Maymae (Pracht) Burnett.
Clair spent his childhood growing up on the family farm with his siblings. This was the beginning of a life-long love of raising cattle and farming. He attended rural Berwyn schools through the 8th grade. Clair served in the United States Army from 1952-1954 during the Korean War. He was stationed in Baumholder, Germany for 18 months which was considered âthe hell hole of the world.â He was honorably discharged.
June 24, 1955, Clair married Virginia Borchers in Broken Bow. To this union, six children were born: Rod, Linda, Dan, Teresa, Kathy and David.
March 20, 1969, Clair married the love of his life, Leah Jean Briggs in Kearney. They recently celebrated 45 years of marriage. Until the time of his death, he farmed and ranched south of Anselmo. To this union three sons, Steve, Greg and Mitch, were born.
Surviving Clair is his wife, Leah of Anselmo; his children, Linda (Rai) Bang of Cairo, N.Y.; Dan (Tammy) Burnett of Anselmo; Teresa (John) Kolkebeck of Sandy, Utah; Kathy (Lyle) LaMothe of Bedford, N.Y.; David (Angela) John of Houston, Texas; Steve (Michelle) Burnett of Anselmo; Greg (Christy) Burnett of Shelton; Mitch (Jessica) Burnett of Anselmo and a step-daughter, Tracy Hayer-Roberts of Santa Fe, N.M. He is also survived by numerous beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille McCaslin of Sidney, and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were one son, Rodney Burnett; two granddaughters, Natasha and JaimmyLee Burnett; his parents; his brothers, Melvin, Floyd, Joe and Clifford; sisters-in-law, Thelma, Pauline and Reva; brother-in-law, Gerald McCaslin; and nephews, Marvin, Victor and Dennis Burnett.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at St. Anselm's Catholic Church in Anselmo, with Father Jim Hunt officiating. Interment was in the Broken Bow Cemetery with military honors. Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of arrangements.