Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
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Sedro-Woolley, WA
Ronald “Ron” Arthur Burnett Memorial
Ronald “Ron” Arthur Burnett Memorial

Ronald “Ron” Arthur Burnett

Ronald “Ron” Arthur Burnett

Sunday, September 12th, 2021

Ronald “Ron” Arthur Burnett passed away at his home on Sunday, September 12, 2021. He was 64.  Ron was born September 29, 1956, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Robert and Rita (Dedert) Burnett. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Skagit County. In his youth Ron enjoyed the solitude of exploring the wilderness surrounding the family property with his dog, Spike.  At 16, Ron began what would eventually become a 39-year career at Safeway. He graduated from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1975, and in 1976, married his high school sweetheart. In 1978, they bought the home where they raised their family, and where Ron resided until his passing.  Throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s, Ron was active in youth soccer and little league baseball, spending countless hours preparing the fields for play. At game time, he would officiate.  Ron imparted his love for the outdoors to his sons, taking them fishing, hiking, camping, and often out to explore the back roads and mountains surrounding Skagit County.  One of Ron’s proudest moments was when his eldest son graduated from Navy boot camp in 2000. Ron experienced this pride again in 2005 when his younger son also graduated from Navy boot camp.  Whether it was for a get-together, putting in hay at the farm, or to make it possible for the love of one’s life to move to the US so they can marry and start a family – when his people needed him, Ron was always there with an offer to help, tools, a loaner, or even to let you camp in his backyard.  After retiring in 2011, Ron enjoyed spending time in the solitude of his home, though he would always welcome a visit from friends or family, regardless of the hour. He would often greet his neighbors with a smile, wave, and some kind words, and loved spending time with his cat, Boots, who Ron affectionately referred to as “Boo”.

He is survived by Tia (Vlahovich) Burnett, with whom he raised two sons; children, Tim & his wife, Mollie Burnett, and Brian Burnett; sister, Ruth Ann & Randy Lavine; nephews, Richard and Ryan Lavine; and his aunt, Bernice & Roy Hensler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Rita; stepmom, Lorraine Miller; and his brother, Timothy Burnett.

The family would like to thank his neighbors, the Sams and the Lattings Families. The three families have formed the foundation of their neighborhood for over 40 years, and have developed a tight bond. We appreciate you and all you have done.

Ron will be interred with his parents at Saxon Cemetery, in Acme, WA, on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 2pm. The family invites all who would like to attend the graveside memorial. Please share your memories of Ron and sign the online guest register.


  • carla wood

    Ron was a neighborhood friend growing up. He was one of the sweetest, kindest men I ever knew. He always had a smile on his face and had something nice to say. Although I have not seen Ron in a few years, I will never forget him or his family. All great people. God is definitely getting a new angel. RIP

  • Daryl Grimbly

    Sorry to hear about Ron. Even though I haven’t seen Ron in many years, Some of the warmest memories I have of growing up is with him going fishing, riding motorcycles, playing horseshoes, and many more games.
    Just knowing he’s gone leaves an emptiness
    Prayers for the family during your time of loss.

  • Mary Franks

    I used to joke with Ron! We were both born on the 29th! He was always a little shy, so it was my job to bring him out of his comfort zone! At Safeway I would always choose his check out. We would visit etc. He loved his boys so very much😘 My family was connected with Bethlehem Lutheran church. Plus, Tia and I are very good friends. His son Tim got my daughter Jennifer into the military and she’s had many good benefits from that. God bless you Ron.

  • Debbie Stafford

    To Tia, Tim, Brian and Ruth Ann and the rest of Ron’s family please accept my deepest condolences of his passing. Even though Ron was a classmate I knew him better as a cashier at Safeway, as he took pride in his family and job and it showed in many ways. May the good Lord watch over all of you during this time of sorrow and help by wrapping his loving arms around you. God bless

  • Mr. &Mrs. Tim Schnitzer

    Condolence to the Burnett family. Sorry for your loss. God Bless you.