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Richard "Dick" Burleson Jr. '67 December 17, 2019 11:57 AM updated: December 17, 2019 12:56 PM

(Published in) The (Bryan-College Station) Eagle (on) Dec 15, 2019

Burleson, Richard "Dick" Earl

April 3, 1945 - December 2, 2019

Richard Earl Burleson Jr. (Dick), 74, of Bryan, Texas passed away December 2, 2019. Dick was born April 3, 1945, in Fort Worth, Texas, to parents Richard Earl Burleson and Nannette Crouse Burleson. He graduated from Francis Hammond High School in Alexandria, VA, in 1963. He went on to Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corp of Cadets and a proud member of the Ross Volunteers. Upon graduating in 1967 he was commissioned in the United States Army as 2nd Lieutenant. His commission took him to Turkey with an "Honest John" missile unit. While in Turkey he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and returned to the United States after two years to complete his active duty assignment. He served in the Army National Guard after his completing his active duty assignment and was promoted to Captain during this time.

After returning to the civilian world Dick began working in the oil and gas industry which resulted in his family crisscrossing the central part of the nation more than once. He lived as far North as Casper, Wyoming, and as far South as Zapata, Texas. As a well-respected salesman he worked for various companies including time with Weatherford/Lamb, Drilling Tools Inc and Petco Fishing and Rental Tools. During one if the many downturns of the industry he started Rebco International, an import/export business. Dick had a deep love for Texas, and his work in the oilfield allowed him to explore the more remote areas of the state and visit the areas that he read of in his vast library regarding Texas History.

He is survived by his sister Betty Douglass of Falls Church, VA, son Shawn Burleson of New Braunfels, daughter Jill O'Neill of Victoria, TX, and her husband Cody O'Neill, son Richard R. Burleson of Nashville, TN, and his partner Alisha Smith, stepson Cory Hamre of South Jordan, UT, and his wife Candi Hamre and stepdaughter Casey Hamre of Schertz, TX, and her husband Kelly Brown . He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and ex-wives Karen Hildebrand and Kathy O'Brien.

Donations may be made in Dick's memory to Variety's Peaceable Kingdom Retreat for Children (19051 FM 2484, Killeen, TX 76542 or

He will be interred alongside his parents in Mart, TX, following a graveside service at 11:00 a.m., April 20, in the Mart City Cemetery.

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