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The Western Star, June 5, 1931.


Ewing R. Burnett, who was well known in this city as Roy Burnett, lost his life while fishing in a lake in Denver, Colo., on last Sunday. He had gone to that city about six weeks ago in search of work. He recently secured a job as a meat cutter and planned to send for his entire family in a couple of weeks. His brother, Allen has been working in that city for a year or more.

The two brothers and Allen's wife had gone to the lake to fish. Ewing wore hip boots, and as he walked about in the water, he accidentally stepped into a deep hole in the lake and went down. Life was extinct when the body was rescued ten minutes later.

A pumotor (sic) was used for an hour but with no result. He had gotten one boot off, and it was thought that death was caused by a heart attack as his lungs had not been filled with water.

The body was taken to Dodge City, where burial was made on Wednesday. His wife, who was staying with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. McGaulty in this city, was at once notified. Rev. Templeton, a Presbyterian pastor in Dodge City, conducted the funeral services.

Deceased made his home in Coldwater for a few years. During part of the time, he operated a meat market here for his father, and later worked here with Mr. McGaully as a painter. After leaving here he worked in Larned and in Ashland.

While a resident of Coldwater, on July 23, 1924, he was united in marriage with Miss Ardinell McGaully. Two sons, Bobbie, aged six and Donald, aged two and one half years, were born to this union.

Besides the wife and two sons, Mr. Burnett is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Burnett, of Dodge City, by one brother, Allen, of Denver, and by one sister, Mrs. Vernon Popp, of Kinsley. To the bereaved relatives, the heartfelt sympathy of all is extended.

Mr. Burnett was born in Higginsville, Texas, on April 11, 1903. At the time of his death he was 28 years, one month and 20 days of age. He was a member of the U. S. Navy during the World War. In every way he was a worthy young man, and his untimely passing causes a keen sense of regret in the hearts of all who had ever known him.

The funeral of Roy Burnett, which was held in Dodge City on Wednesday was attended by several relatives and friends from this county, they being besides Mrs. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. McGaully, Mildred and Norvella Jenkins, Mr. and Mrs. John Schenk, Mrs. V. W. Seyfrit, Mrs. Joe Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Tant Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Coles, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Hackney, Walter Hackney and Mrs. Harry Hackney.

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