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BURCHETT, Kenneth Frank Born May 12, 1929, in Oklahoma. Died peacefully this past Friday morning, October 21, 2011. In July of this year he celebrated 45 years of sobriety through AA. He and his late wife, Mary dedicated much of their lives together to helping others in their recovery from addiction. They founded the Midway Ranch sober Living Home in Lancaster in 1990. Previously they helped to support many other recovery homes and AA meetings throughout the Antelope and San Fernando Valley. He is preceded in death by is wife, Mary Jeanne (Carloni), son David, parents, Ernest and Anne Burchett of Bakersfield, his brother William (Bill) also of Bakersfield, his brother Tom of Fall River, Massachusetts, his brother Harvey of Yuma, Arizona, and his sister Diane Harmon (Barnes) of Victorville, California. He is survived by his sisters Frances Melcher of Arizona and Lucille Melcher of Washington, his daughter and and son-in-law, Geraldine and Frank Pirri of North Attleboro, Massachusetts and their children Anthony, Thomas, Jeffery, Allyson and Scott Philbin and his great-grandchildren, Sean and Abby. He also leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne Marie and Kevin Cooper of Valencia and his beloved granddaughters Kristen, Katherine and Lauren. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m., to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Halley-Olsen-Murphy, Palmdale. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Father Serra Parish, Quartz Hill. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.

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