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In Memory of

Dennis Bruce Burcal

February 21, 1947 - June 16, 2017

Obituary


Dennis Bruce Burcal was the firstborn son of Nancy Darden Hall Burcal and George Jerry Burcal of Royal Oak, MI. He was born on February 21, 1947, and died peacefully in his sleep at age 70 of heart failure on June 16, 2017. Dennis is survived by his life partner, Tina Woodley, brothers Gary, Rob, and John, and sister Laurie. His ashes will reside in the local cemetery, alongside his parents, near the family’s Michigan home.



Dennis served 12 years in the US Military, first 5 year in the Navy (Communications Specialist), then...

Dennis Bruce Burcal was the firstborn son of Nancy Darden Hall Burcal and George Jerry Burcal of Royal Oak, MI. He was born on February 21, 1947, and died peacefully in his sleep at age 70 of heart failure on June 16, 2017. Dennis is survived by his life partner, Tina Woodley, brothers Gary, Rob, and John, and sister Laurie. His ashes will reside in the local cemetery, alongside his parents, near the family’s Michigan home.



Dennis served 12 years in the US Military, first 5 year in the Navy (Communications Specialist), then 7 years in the Army (Voice Intercept Operator). He loved languages; he spoke several and taught himself Latin. He learned Russian while in the Army and worked as a voice intercept operator in the Russian language in West Germany. He met and married Mary Christine (Tina) Woodley in Berlin, Germany, in 1979. Den wrote a short story about an Army adventure, which is included at the end of his biography.



After leaving the military, Dennis pursued a career in technical writing and editing in the aerospace industry in Southern California, eventually being promoted to Tech Pubs Manager before retiring at 67 years old.



Dennis will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues. We ask that any contributions you’d care to make go to your local Salvation Army, which was Dennis’ favorite charity.