Wallace E. “Wally” Burkett

June 25, 1940 - July 28, 2009

06/25/1940 - 07/28/2009

Past Services

Friday July 31, 2009
11:00 am
Princess Anne Memorial Park
1110 N. Greatneck Road
Virginia Beach, VA
757 481-1097 | Directions
Friday July 31, 2009
11:00 am
Princess Ann Memorial Park

Wallace E. Burkett of Virginia Beach passed away, at age 69, in Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital on July 28, 2009. Wally graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1959. He worked for Tidewater Communications and Electronics for 50 years.

He was a self taught electronics technician who became an expert in the installation and maintenance of Motorola local government and business radio systems. Wally was also a dedicated amateur radio operator, holding extra class license W4KXV. He was a pioneer in the design, operation and maintenance of local radio “repeater systems”. He made it possible for mobile and portable radios to talk over long distances. He also modified surplus commercial radios for local ham operators. He was generous with his time and resources giving many of his radios to his fellow amateurs. In his early years he ran sound systems in the old “Dome” for many touring concerts.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 42 years, Trudy and is survived by his loving daughter Michelle. Michelle wishes to thank the nurses and health care professionals at Sentara Virginia Beach General’s ICU and at DaVita Dialysis for their expert care and compassion during this difficult time.

A graveside service will be held at Princess Anne Memorial Park on Friday July 31 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to Princess Anne Plaza Rescue Station #16 to thank them for all of their emergency care. Condolences may be made to the family at altmeyer.com

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Barbara Via
7 years ago

Dear Michelle, You have my deepest sympathy during these trying days ahead. Let your treasured memories be healing for you. Mine will be to remember your Dad as the patient and kind man that he was. When I lived in the Plaza, I always looked forward to seeing him on my walks. In high school he always acknowledged me with a big smile. His reward in Heaven must be enormous and I pray this thought will bring you comfort. Many blessings to you. Barbara Dicken Via, Class of ’59

Patsy Ballou HIndman
7 years ago

I am a PAHS Class of ’59 Classmate and I have been helping with our upcoming 50th Reunion. We are saddened to hear of your loss and ours. I have sent an e-mail to let all of our classmates know.

William Bill Petty
7 years ago

I retired in 2007 from the City of VB after 32 years as project manager for most of the building projects done over those years including all the fire stations except for the new Oceanfront one. I worked with Wally many times and I never met a man with more knowledge of communications systems. He could figure it out and was well known for the “Wally Box” that he would put together that made it all work. We have lost a great man and nice friend.

gayle burnett
7 years ago

I worked in Va. Beach 9-1-1 for years and saw Wally just about everyday. He was such a generous person and helpful to us all. He was very special and will be greatly missed.

Chrissy Love
7 years ago


My heart goes out to you. I know this has been a difficult year for you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope you find comfort in the people who love you.

Love, Chrissy

Angela Shaheen
7 years ago


This is Angela one of the RN’s at Davita Camelot, I wanted to express my deepest sympathy. You have been through a lot this year, and I am sorry for your losses. If there is anything we could do please let us know. I am praying and thinking about you, you are an amazing daughter with a huge heart.


David, Deborah, & Lili Jenkins
7 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Michelle in your time of pain. We know your dad is in a better place spending time with your mom. If you need anything, you can count on us. Please take care.

Wally Burkett
7 years ago

Please except my sincere sympathy in the loss of your father.

Martha Dull Iliffe

Class of ’59

Dorothy Bonney
7 years ago

So sorry for your great loss. It’s so hard to get through these days but there is strength in the Lord and He will be there for you. My favorite verse: “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”, 11Cor.5:6-8. Pray for strength and you will have it. Most Sincerely, Dorothy Hanna Bonney

Jamie Snyder
7 years ago

Wally mean alot to many of us in the Va. Beach 911 center. We would joke with him when he had to crawl under our consoles to fix various headset connections or foot pedals and we can picture him in front of our MOSCAD machine in the back of the room doing diagnostics on the dern thing. I named a plant in my side yard after Wally and would tease him all the time telling him how well he was looking. He made me smile just to see him come in the room. He will be truly missed.

Dick Cook WA4OUF
7 years ago

Wally was a dear classmate, HAM Radio buddy and great friend for life; he and Bloody Mary raised the bar for all of us and will surely be there for us in Heaven.. 73’s

Michelle Craig
7 years ago

Wally was a generous, loving man who was the bright start to every morning and throughout the day at Tidewater Communications. I will truly miss his hugs, laugh, and talks. Wally was special man! God didn’t make too many of his kind. My thought and prayers are with Michelle. I am here if you need anything.