Lawson "Dave" Burnham - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Lawson “Dave” Burnham

November 14, 1930 - March 3, 2018

Lawson Davis Burnham, fondly known to his family and friends as Dave, age 87, of Newark, DE, passed away at his daughter’s home, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Virginia on November 14, 1930, he was a son of the late George Edwin and Alma Grace (Preddy) Burnham, Sr.  Dave proudly served in the US Army during the Korean conflict.  He started his career as an auto mechanic and then went to work Sears and Roebuck Company, in building maintence, where he retired after many dedicated years.

Dave was a member of Immaculate Conception R.C. Church in Elkton.  He had a lifelong interest in collecting antiques and enjoyed working in his woodshop.  More than anything, Dave was a devoted father and grandfather.  He was actively involved in every aspect of his grandchildrens lives and attended all of their sporting and academic events.  He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather and will be dearly missed.

In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Ann Burnham; sisters, Mildred, Edna, Grace and Nancy.  He is survived by his children, Kelly Bacon (Joseph) and David Burnham (Kimberly); brothers, George, Jr. and Phillip; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.  He is also survived by his canine companion, Darby-Clarke.

Family and friends may gather from 10:30 am until 11:30 am on Monday, March 12, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11:30 am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave’s name to Season’s Hospice, 133 N Bridge St Ste B, Elkton, MD 21921.


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6 Condolences for Lawson “Dave” Burnham

  • Peace, God’s loving Grace be with you during this difficult time .

  • So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a good friend and neighbor for the past 51 yrs. RIP now Dave with your wife Sharon. Rutherford won’t be the same without our friendly mayor !

  • I am so sorry the loss

    Love Charlie

  • So sorry for your loss!! We remember your Dad at Mass for so many years.

  • So sorry for your loss.

  • It was an honor to care for your father and meet your beautiful family. Thoughts and prayers with you from my team at Seasons.