Wednesday, May 19, 2004

William E. Viverette, 87, retired Navy officer

Internment services were held May 18 at Arlington National Cemetery for retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. William E. Viverette, who died at his Alexandria home on March 24. He was 87.

Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., he had lived in Alexandria since 1956. He graduated in 1939 from North Carolina State University with a degree in engineering. He also earned a master’s degree in thermodynamics.

In addition to being chief executive officer of Viverette Contracting Co., Cmdr. Viverette served for 30 years in the Navy and Navy Reserve and in civil service as a chief of Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Cmdr. Viverette was a veteran of World War II and several tours in Vietnam, serving as an aide to Adm. Chester Nimitz in World War II and as acting commander of the 86th SeaBees Battalion.

Cmdr. Viverette used his talent for languages in military service. In addition to English, he spoke fluent French, German and Russian.

He was a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Knights of St. Patrick, the Military Officers Association, Retired Officers Association, American Legion, Fleet Officers Association, and many other military and engineering groups.

Cmdr. Viverette was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Alexandria.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rebecca M. Viverette; a daughter, Sherri Viverette Battershell; and three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

William H. Burdick, 70,businessman

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda for William Henderson Burdick, who died Feb. 27 of cancer at his home in Bellevue, Wash. He was 70.

Born in the District, he attended St. Albans School for eight years, later graduating from Woodberry Forest School and the University of Virginia.

After serving in the Marine Corps from 1955 to ‘58, Mr. Burdick was a stockbroker, carpenter and building contractor.

During the last 10 years of his life, he owned and operated a transcontinental trucking company, Hat Creek Cattle Co. — a name he chose from Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove,” one of his favorite books.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Barbara; three daughters, Katie A. Corbett of San Clemente, Calif., Carrie A. Thompson of Folsom, Calif., and Liz A. Fetonti of Tuckahoe, N.Y.; three stepchildren, Gwen Parsons, Sheila Sorrells and Ian Henderson, all of Olney; a sister, Nancy B. Galbraith of Washington; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Evergreen Hospice Services, Kirkland, WA 98034.

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