Allen Richard Burnham, 90, of Paso Robles passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 in Templeton. He was born in December of 1922 in Frederick, OK to his parents, Oliver and Ina Burnham. Allen was their only surviving son.
He married Jean Ellen Sindt in Fort Worth, TX on March 9, 1945, while he was in the Naval Air Corp. They had met two years earlier when Al was a houseboy in Jean's sorority house, Alpha Delta Pi. While attending Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, OK, he was member of Sigma Nu fraternity. Upon the USA's entrance into WWII, he enlisted in the Navy. Following enlistment, he was stationed in Athens, GA for Naval Air training, and Fort Schuyler in New York State, before returning to Fort Worth to marry Jean. She accompanied him to Naval Air assignments in Ottumwa, IA, Clinton, OK, and Washington, DC. He completed his military service as they were living on Long Island, NY, and working in a castle on the Guggenheim Estate given for the war effort.
Following his honorable discharge with the rank of Ensign, he returned to A&M to complete his bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1948. Al remained a a proud alumnus of A&M, later called Oklahoma State University all his adult years.
Al was always a Buick man, working first in their parts department in Fort Worth, Texas and advancing with Buick Motor Division until his eventual promotion to Regional Service Manager. His employment with Buick took him and Jean along with their growing family of girls to stops in El Paso, Texas; Lenexa & Hays, Kans.; Phoenix, Ariz., and Thousand Oaks, Calif., retiring there after 35 years of service in 1984. Retirement did not mean a life of leisure, as he then took jobs as campus supervisor at West Lake High School in TO, as well as the Tandy Corp. He and Jean left longtime church friends to move to Paso Robles in 1989.
Even with their many stops, Allen's church was always important to him and he was an active member in each local fellowship. He was an elder in the First Christian Church of the Conejo Valley and Christian Church of Atascadero.
Over his adult life he enjoyed golf, sailing and gardening. In his later years he enjoyed feeding the deer who nightly came up into their 15th St front yard in Paso Robles. He played High School football and his love for the sport settled upon the University of Southern California. For many years he was a season ticket holder and even after moving from Southern California, he avidly watched live games and reruns.
Allen will be remembered by his loving wife, Jean and their children: Diane Young and husband, Marty of Vernal, UT; Beverly Hughes and Husband, Keith of Moorpark, Calif. and Meg Bateman and husband, Gary of Pottsboro, TX. He is also survived by six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service to celebrate Allen's life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at Cornerstone Community Church, 7920 Santa Rosa Road, Atascadero.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cornerstone Community Church.
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