Frederic Adams McBurney

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Frederic Adams McBurney, 88, of Slater, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at the Big Bend Retreat in Slater.

Funeral services will be Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Slater United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Pam Sebastian officiating. Pallbearers will be Rodney LaRue, Walter Wright, Christian McBurney, Shaun McBurney, Blaine McBurney and J.J. Tyzbir. Burial with military honors will be in the Slater City Cemetery. Masonic services will be Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Weiker Funeral Home in Slater, followed by visitation until 8 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the C.A. and Helen McBurney Scholarship Fund.

Born May 15, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Dr. Charles Alexander McBurney and Helen Amanda Adams McBurney. Mr. McBurney was a lifelong member and elder of the Slater Presbyterian Church until its closing. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the American Legion Post No. 78 in Slater. He was a 50-year member of the Cambridge Masonic Lodge No. 63 A.F. & A.M., the Scottish Rite, the Rotary Club, the Kansas City Society of Mayflower Descendants and Civil War Roundtables. He was a 1948 graduate of Slater High School, received his Bachelor of Science degree from William Jewell College in Liberty in 1953, and earned a Master of Arts in Secondary Education Administration at Truman State University in Kirksville in 1967. He taught school for 11 years in Mid- and Western-Missouri. Following his teaching career, he worked as a chemist for the Santa Fe Railroad, where he tested oil for iron and steel deposits to make sure the engines were running clean and the parts were in good repair. He later worked as a chef for the Santa Fe Railroad, requesting recipes from family and friends. Fred had a lifelong passion for trains, and his pleasure was at its peak when going on cross-country trips. He went from Topeka to San Bernardino, Topeka to Chicago, and later in life, to Amtrak’s Empire Builder train on trips to the northwest and east coast. One of his last trips was to Denver, Colorado in 2008, when the Democratic Convention was nominating Barrack Obama to run for President. He said the town was really hopping.

Uncle Fred or Freddy, as he was known around town, also enjoyed gardening, stamp collecting, reading Civil War and other historical books, photography, and was an avid researcher of his ancestors. He could list his ancestors back to the Scottish clans, and to the time of Jesus. He loved visiting his relatives, and especially visiting Newton, Kan., where his grandparents lived.  He had a good mind for dates and numbers, and never forgot a birthday or phone number. He rooted for the St. Louis Cardinals, University of Missouri Tigers, Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. Fred, along with his brother, supported Slater’s Public Library, the Akeman-McBurney Medical Clinic and the McBurney Scholarship Fund.

He is survived by his brother, Dr. Alexander Adams McBurney and his wife, Donna, of Kingston, R.I.; a niece, Robin McBurney; four nephews, Blaine Murrell McBurney and his wife, Stephanie Finch McBurney, Christian Murrell McBurney, and his wife, Margaret Nice McBurney, Shaun Murrell McBurney and his wife, Patricia Miller McBurney, and Jon Jeffrey Tyzbir; seven great-nieces; five great-nephews; and two great-great-nephews.