Kenneth Glenn Burton, 89, went to his heavenly home on June 26, 2016. He was born to Glen Kenneth and Clarice Florence (Golden) Burton on Aug. 9, 1926, in Oil City, Louisiana.
From an early age, Kenneth felt a calling to be a physician. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on a basketball scholarship and also excelled at football and track. Later, he attended medical school at LSU in New Orleans, finishing his education in June 1951.
He completed his internship at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio in 1952 and joined the U.S. Air Force later that year. He was stationed at Bolling Air Force Base, specializing in family practice and emergency care. Later, he was honored to serve as flight surgeon for Air Force One and the Joint Chiefs of Staff under presidents Eisenhower and Truman. After his discharge in June 1954, he set up his successful private practice in San Antonio, where he served the community for over 40 years.
Although Kenneth was a devoted doctor, he always put God and family first. He met Mickey, his wife of 66 years, while he was still in medical school. They were married on Dec. 28,1949, and had five children: Brenda, Glenn, John, Debbie and Mark. Anyone who knew them would say that life was never dull at the Burton home.
He was a hands-on dad who enjoyed many hobbies and sports with his children — and their countless friends! Whether it was hunting, fishing, photography or skiing, he always approached activities with a passion. The same could be said for his desire for lifelong learning. He was a Bible scholar and constantly studied medicine.
Dr. Burton is survived by his wife, Mildred Hay Burton; children, Brenda Burton of San Antonio, Glen and wife Lynn (Hanson) Burton of Austin, Dr. John and Marsha (Hedges) Burton of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Deborah Burton Duke of Sunrise Beach and Mark and Michelle (Termohlen) Burton of Leander; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service is 11:30 a.m. July 2 at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with chaplain Jerry Hardwick officiating.
Arrangements by Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Ave. in Kingsland, (325) 388-0008. Go to putnamcares.com to sign an online guest register.