Walter Burnett - 1963

BIO & Picture


After graduating from Hickman High School, I was a laborer for B. D. Simon. Then in June of 1964, I married Peggy Sue Duncan, a 1961 U-High graduate and my grade school sweetheart. In that same month, I started working as a sheet metal apprentice. I advanced to a superintendent and retired February 1, 2003, after 39 years.

My second job since 1969 is farming. That’s when we bought our first farm in Boone County. We eventually bought two more farms and enjoyed living and raising our two sons in the country. Last year we sold our farms in Boone County and bought other farms in Daviess County. I am now farming 1000 acres and living at Coffey, Missouri, where we grow corn, soybeans, and wheat, and raise cattle.

At one time, I was president of the Boone County Pork Producers and Peggy was secretary. Also, I was treasurer of the Columbia Young Farmers, treasurer for the Columbia Central Labor Council, and trustee for their Credit Union, and a member and on the Board of Trustees of Perche Baptist Church at Clark, Missouri.

Our oldest son, Boyd, replaced me as superintendent of a sheet metal shop and is married and has our step-granddaughter and our 12 year old granddaughter. Our youngest son, P.J., farms with us, is married and has our four year old granddaughter and our two year old grandson.

I am now enjoying taking my grandson to feed and check the cows, being a member of AARP, eating an occasional lunch at the senior center, and taking advantage of the senior discounts.


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