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In Memory of
Wayne B. Burdette
June 17, 1945 - March 21, 2019

Wayne B. Burdette, 73, passed away March 21, 2019 at St. Anns Hospital. He grew up in Pataskala, Ohio and attended Wartkins Memorial High School. At Watkins, he played basketball, baseball and golf. After high school, he attended Bowling Green State University earning a Masters in Education. While at Bowling Green, Wayne was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. He was drafted by the New York Mets and assigned to the minor league teams in Greenville, S.C. and Marion, Virginia. While at Marion, Nolan Ryan became part of the same farm system and pitched his first no-hitter there with Wayne covering first base. As an educator, Wayne taught physical education, coached baseball, basketball, and while in Texas football as well. He returned to teach at Watkins Memorial High School in 1985, where his parents had been on the faculty as well. There, Wayne switched to teaching earth science. He finished his career at Watkins Memorial High School. Wayne's favorite past time was cooking, baking, and making candies and fudges. Above all he loved preparing meals and deserts for family and friends. Survived by wife Lotte Burdette; children Alisa (Dave) Franklin, Christi (Richard) Arrington; grandchildren Wyatt Warren Arrington and Ellamarie Alise Arrington; brother Douglas (Phylis) Burdette; many nieces, nephews and friends. Preceded in death by parents Russel and Virgilia Burdette and his twin brother Duane Burdette. In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place.

Condolences

Laura Rees

Apr 2, 2019

Alisa, I know how special your dad was to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family now.

 

Dana Johnson

Apr 3, 2019

Lotte, I am so so sorry to hear about Wayne. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Dana

 

Becky Ott Hayes

Apr 6, 2019

Sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Attended school with he and Duane. Enjoyed his parents as teachers at the high school. You are all in my prayers.