February 13, 1944 ~ July 30, 2011
Redondo Beach, CA
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. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.