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January 12, 1925 – December 14, 2021

June Loretta Hewett (nee Burgee) passed away peacefully at Allenmore Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, on December 14, 2021, at 96 years old.  June was born to Mary Margaret Burgee (nee Nash) and Thomas Burgee on January 12, 1925 in Sulphur Springs, Missouri.  June married the love of her life Glenn Warren Hewett on June 26, 1948, whom she greatly missed after he passed away on January 20, 2003.


After graduating from Herculaneum High School in 1943, June worked at the Curtiss-Wright aircraft plant in St. Louis, Missouri, as a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II.  It was at Curtiss-Wright that she met Glenn and later assisted him in his studies to earn a Mechanical Engineering degree at Washington University in St. Louis.   After graduating from Rubicam Business College, June worked at General Electric in Louisville, Kentucky, as an executive secretary while Glenn was a budding GE engineer.  She was proud to support Glenn throughout his career at General Electric.  With June’s assistance, Glenn worked on GE programs at GE Appliance Park in Louisville, Kentucky, at GE corporate headquarters in New York, on the Polaris missile guidance system in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. June and family moved in 1964 for Glenn to work on the US space program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, most notably on Apollo and Skylab missions.


During the years living in Seabrook, Texas, June’s life revolved around raising their four children while working as a secretary at James F. Bay Elementary School.  She served on the Seabrook Parks and Recreation Board and was involved in local city politics.  June and Glenn participated in Boy Scout activities, and June was a Girl Scout Troop Leader.  In 1975 they moved the family to Tacoma, Washington, to work on the Alaska Pipeline and eventually stayed there in retirement.


June was the youngest and last surviving of eight children.  They grew up together on the banks of the Mississippi River, living through the Great Depression while losing two brothers in World War II.  Her siblings and their spouses are Hank (Hattie), Lee, Tom (Buelah), Al, Henrietta, Marge Roth (Jim), and Marie Price (Bud).


June is survived by her four children:  Harold Hewett (Carolyn) of Navasota, Texas, Nancy Ann Hewett (Michael Heinrich) of Tacoma, Washington, Donald Glenn Hewett, and Susan Marie Hewett of Lacey, Washington.  June immensely loved her three grandchildren and was proud of them:  Lieselotte “Lilo” Ann Heinrich, Robert Glenn Hewett, and Loretta Alice Heinrich.


Interment will be at Our Redeemer Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri