Stephen Richard Burwinkel

March 9, 1941December 29, 2014

Stephen R. Burwinkel1941-2014Stephen R Burwinkel of Pensacola passed away Monday, December 29. He was born in Ohio in 1941 and joined the Navy in 1959. He retired in 1989 as a Master Chief Hospital Corpsman. Steve was the Command Master Chief at the Navy hospitals in Guam and Pautuxet River, Maryland. He is survived by his wife, Dusty (Ires) Kirk Burwinkel, his brother, Greg (Linda) and his sister, Chris Vondohre (Ed). Steve was preceded in death by his brother, Phil (Flo). He is survived by his nieces Beth Burwinkel, Lori Miller and Amy Eaton and nephews Eddie VonDohre and Stephen Burwinkel. He was preceded in death by his oldest nephew, Michael.Visitation is at the Oak Lawn Funeral Home, 619 Warrington Road, Friday, January 2, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. Prayer service at 10:00 AM. Burial is at the Barancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.


  • Funeral Service Friday, January 2, 2015
  • Visitation Friday, January 2, 2015

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Richard Remp-Morris

December 5, 2015

Master Chief Burwinkle was a mentor to me as a young 19 year old Hospital Corpsman stationed at Patuxent River, MD. I admired him and tried to emulate his character over my eleven years of active duty. I only recently read of his passing. My deepest condolences to his wife & family. God bless!

February 17, 2015

Condolences to Dusty and Steve's family.

We have lost a friend and shipmate. We both served at Naval Hospital Pensacola and later in private business. Condolences to Dusty and Steve's family. Fair winds and following seas, my friend. Joe and Ann Silvas.

Clare Chesnavage

February 3, 2015

Thank you Dusty, for letting me know about Master Chief's passing. My parents are now 93 and 94 and send their prayers. I met him when I was 19 and a very green Corpsman. He mentored me as I'm sure he did many others, and 30 years later I appreciate his wisdom and guidance from those days at Patuxent River. My family appreciated the Christmas cards and I seen to recall some good BBQ sauce. Love and prayers.

Anna Marie Wallace-Usry

January 22, 2015

So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. Marie Wallace-Usry

Elizabeth (Momo) Cameron

January 7, 2015

Love you Aunt Dusty

Barbara & Cal Tyink

January 7, 2015

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Bill and Mary Hamilton

January 6, 2015

We were out of the area visiting with children, grandchildren and great grandson. So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. We always enjoyed those wonderful gumbo parties you hosted at your lovely home during the Christmas holidays. We fondly remember the stolen cheesecake caper; always brings a smile to our faces. God Bless You.
With Love, Bill and Mary Hamilton.

January 4, 2015

Dusty from Smitty & Phyllis Smith, Foley, Elberta, AL VFW. Know we haven't seen each other much over the years but were stationed together at PAX River and Pensacola. I know Steve was a Life Member of our VFW Elberta Post 5658. So sorry for your loss. Steve was a great man.

Eddie Vondohre

January 4, 2015

My Aunt Dusty's and Uncle Steve's world always stood still for me whenever I had the chance to visit with them. Such an accomplished Navy man, yet conversation was always on family, friends and such. It has been inspiring to have recently learned about the extent of my uncle's Naval career. As a small boy I'll never forget how proud I was to walk with or play golf with him on base and sense the respect he garnered. I'm lucky to have had an uncle as great as Steve and to have an aunt as special as Dusty!

Starla Kirk

January 2, 2015

My heart is with you Aunt Dusty as you celebrate the blessed and wonderful life that the two of you shared. Uncle Steve is forever in our hearts. God will give you the strength to go on.
love you
Starla Kirk