Burress, Thomas Wayne, a resident of Redondo Beach, passed away at home on Saturday, July 30, 2011. Born on February 13, 1944 in Iowa City, IA, Wayne was 67 when he died. Wayne graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in General Science after serving in the United States Marine Corp during the Vietnam War. He spent many years working in marketing and sales management in the telecommunication and cable TV industries. He was a licensed securities dealer and enjoyed managing his portfolio during his retirement. Wayne, an avid golfer, loved deep-sea fishing and thoroughly enjoyed taking his family out on various fishing adventures. He was an excellent "Mr. Fix-It" and even changed out the engine in his favorite car. He shared common interests such as military history and the Dallas Mavericks with his grandson. Both enjoyed watching the NBA championship games this year. Wayne cultivated friendships everywhere in the world he went and stayed in touch with the relationships he created over the Internet. With the loving support of his adoptive family and despite closed adoption records, Wayne tenaciously searched for and eventually located his family of origin. The ability to connect with them was a joyful experience. Wayne is survived by wife, Dr. Ann Burress of Redondo Beach, CA; mother, Elizabeth Burress of Tulsa, OK; son, Eric Burress of San Diego, CA; daughter, Erin Burress of Newport News, VA; sister, Susie Jackson; brother-in-law, Bob Jackson of Bristow, OK and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Father, John Burress, preceded him in death. The Service will be held at Rice Mortuary in Torrance, California on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 2pm followed by a reception in the Rice Lighthouse Reception Room until 5pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of Wayne to the Wounded Warrior Project.

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  1. I am sincerely sorry for your loss. It just doesn’t seem fair that a relationship can end so abruptly, without notice. I am saddend very deeply. If there is anything I can do to help you during this difficult time, please feel free to ask, if nothing more than to just have someone to talk to.

  2. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

  3. Anne, I am truly sorry for your loss. Know that you are surrounded by people who care and who are there for you to lean on. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Brooke Bushman

  4. I am very sorry for your lost. My prayers are with you and your family. I pray that God will continue to give you strenght. God Bless!

  5. Ann, …You may not understand why your husband left the earth so soon or why he left before you were ready to say goodbye. But know your husbands life has left imprints on the earth and in your heart and soul that will last forever. May your memories bring you comfort and peace. With deepest sympathy please know you are in the hearts, thoughts and prayers of many at this time. Greg Doakes

  6. Ann, May you be comforted with a peace that surpasses all understanding in knowing that Thomas is in a better place and that his spirit and yours will eternally be connected through the love you shared. My prayers are with you during this time of uncertainty. Blessings, -Andrew Chang

  7. Ann, I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that I am thinking of you in this tough moments. My sincere condolences. Diana

  8. Ann~ Your loss is our loss. Your friends and colleagues love and respect you and are here to help in any way we can. Please be comforted knowing you are not alone.

  9. I remember you sharing moments of your life with Wayne in a short brief conversation around looking for a retirement house. In this short moment I seen the happiness in your eyes. My heart is with you in your time of sorrow. May you find the strength you need in Family and Friends. May you and your family be ever blessed with Peace and Comfort.

  10. Please accept my condolences. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  11. Ann, This is very saddening. While I didn’t know Tom I am certain that he was just as wonderful a person as are you. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and do not hestitate to ask if there is anything that I can do to help.

  12. Ann, I am shocked and saddened to hear this news. I don’t know the circumstances that caused your husband’s death, but I do know the hole that is in your heart right now. It is a terrible feeling. I am just 10 weeks from losing my wife and it still hurts. We will have to plan a time to talk so we can coach each other through this. I hope his memorial service and the memories you’ve shared together will provide some comfort.

  13. The members of the Class of 62 from Keokuk High School wish to extent our sincere sympathy in your loss. Wayne will fondly be remembered.

  14. Ann, on behalf of the Cape Town refinery L&D team, please accept our condolences. So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless.

  15. Ann, I am deeply saddened to hear of this loss in your life. I can’t begin to imagine how you must feel right now, but know that my thoughts are with you.

  16. Wayne was popular in high school and I enjoyed haveing him in Keokuk on several occasions. I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed by many people in the class of 62. I loaned him a set of golf clubs so we could play. After golf we sat on my back porch and watch the river go by while talking about people and things of the past.God Bless

  17. Ann, I would like to offer my deepest condolences for the loss of your husband. I pray that your memories of him along with the support of your family and friends will help to get you through the emptiness you must be feeling.

  18. Ann, I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of your husband Wayne. Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences at this most difficult of times. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Joselyn

  19. Dear Ann, Please accept my condolences on the death of your husband. I wish I had words that could make your pain less. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve. In sympathy, Maia

  20. Dear Ann, I’ve never met you but Wayne was one of my best friends in high school.We did some crazy things in school and i will remember those times.I’m so sorry for your loss. Sincerely Dick Copeland

  21. Ann– Wayne always had my back–both while stationed in the Marines together and later at the U of I. He will be missed. Semper Fidelis.

  22. Dear Ann, I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Please know that I am thinking and praying for you and your family. With kindest regards, Tom

  23. Hi Ann, Although we’ve only known each other a short time, I can tell by what you shared with me that Wayne was a special guy. He is a peace now and I hope soon you’ll find peace knowing you’ll be together again some day. God bless you both.

  24. Ann, To say I’m sorry just doesn’t seem to say enough, yet that is what I feel for you. I don’t know the circumstances of his death but God must have needed Wayne for more important things in heaven. May you find comfort in your memories.

  25. Ann, To say I’m sorry just doesn’t seem to say enough, yet that is what I feel for you. I don’t know the circumstances of his death but God must have needed Wayne for more important things in heaven. May you find comfort in your memories.

  26. Ann, No words can begin to express my deepest sympathy for you and your family. Take care Jim Rogers (Former Hawaii L&D Coordinator)

  27. Ann, My prayers are with you and your family during this time. please read John Ch:14 when you have time for comfort. God Bless! E. Malone

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