October 2, 1938 - November 13, 2016
A Memorial service to celebrate the life of Roger Ray Burnham, age 78, of Frisco, Texas will be held at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 19, 2016 at ARIA Memorial Chapel in Dallas.
Raised on a family farm in Iowa he graduated from High School in Pleasantville where he married the Homecoming Queen Kay Vodochodskyy (Carter). Attending college he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Iowa State University and worked for Case tractors and Studebaker (Rick states “for those that know me, well it’s his fault because when born I was brought home from the hospital in a factory supercharged, over driven Studebaker Hawk”). He culminated his career as head of research and development at Lennox Industries.
Retiring at 57 years old allowed Roger to travel extensively and remained very active after moving to Tucson, AZ after remarrying (Donna Carson) where he led hikes in the mountains. Eventually finding his way back to Texas he settled along the Brazos River at Pecan Plantation in Granbury. There he continued to wear out his walking shoes spending time with friends and of course the dogs.
At 75 years old his grandson Christopher Burnham and son, Rick once rode 12 miles on bikes with him to neighboring Godley just to eat a Subway sandwich and return …this was his habit several days a week for years, yes twelve miles each way in his 70’s!
One of his favorite places on earth was Silver Dollar City, Missouri…in fact his son Rick has realized that’s the perfect part of the country to spread his ashes in remembrance. The family started going there when Terry was seven and Rick was ten starting in 1972, he also traveled there many times on his own. As the years went by Terry and Rick had families and they all returned with Dad and his grandkids, Danielle and Christopher.
For those that lost track of Roger the last two years, he suffered a series of mini strokes that required living assistance. While the analytical thinking he was known for was gone it was amazing and consoling that his humor remained along with his mannerisms. And yes he remained active still laying down miles on his shoes.
After breaking his hip recently Rick wondered if somehow, someway inside he just wasn’t willing to slow down and instead slipped away on his own terms.
Preceded in death by his mother, father and sister (Raymond, Edris and Patsy) and survived by his beloved sons Terry Burnham and Rick Burnham; precious grandchildren, Danielle and Christopher as well as my cousins Christa Rodriguez and Carl who I believe is in Minneapolis and his cousin and life long friend Diane Cromwell Pena; also stepchildren, Steven and Robbie Carson and grandchild, Caitlyn Carson.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252