Melvin Burnett - 1963
(May 14, 1945 - February 18, 2009)





Published Sunday, March 29, 2009
John Melvin “Mel” Burnett, 63, of Elgin, Ill., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Elgin.

For family and friends, a graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at New Salem Cemetery in Ashland. All are invited to celebrate Mel’s life from 4 to 6 p.m. at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant at 1903 Business Loop 70 E.

He was born on May 14, 1945, in Columbia to John Harold “Dusty” Burnett and Nettie Margaret Burnett, both deceased.

Mel worked as an ironworker and homebuilder in Elgin. He graduated in 1963 from Hickman High School. Mel did not let his lifelong fight with diabetes affect his love of life with his family and his Kewpie classmates.

He is survived by his two children, Carla Mote and husband Tim, and Jeff Burnett and wife Jessica; and four grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Judy Ridgley; and a significant other, Marybeth Sedgewick.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association Research Foundation, (800) 342-2383 or

Melvin's Memorial Service & Life Celebration, April 4, 2009

by Charley Blackmore


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