Harold Kenneth Burtnett of Jay died Tuesday, May 22, 2007, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., following an illness. He was 80.

Mr. Burtnett was born May 18, 1927, in Iola, Kan., to George Myron Burtnett and Nona Iola (Freierimur) Burtnett. He attended school in Iola. He moved to the Jay area in the early 1960s from the Panhandle area of the state.

He was a World War II and Korean War veteran of the Army.

He worked in several different professions including as a security guard and a truck driver and spent many years working as a roughneck in the oil fields. He was a member and past commander of the Disabled American Veterans of Grove as well as a member of the American Legion.

He married Betty Jo Pitts on Dec. 11, 1951. She survives, of the home.

Additional survivors include five daughters, Nona Lorraine Patterson of Nebraska, Betty Rosell of Jay, Shirley Roberts of Grove, Haroldine Makres of Jay and Diane Burtnett of Clearwater, Fla.; two sisters, Beulah Heller and Mary Carey, both of Humbolt, Kan.; nine grandchildren, Kenneth Burton, Marshall Smith, Dena Makres, Keather, Janet Makres, Jack Roberts, Gust Makres Jr., and Brenda Burges, 11 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister.

Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Highland Cemetery in Iola where he will be entered in the Legion Section for Veterans. Graveside military rites will be conducted.

Arrangements are under the direction of Turner Fuenral Chapel of Jay.