Gerald D. Burnette, 73, a retired Army major who then worked as an intelligence analyst for nearly two decades at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, died Dec. 20 of heart complications at his home in Gerrardstown, W.Va.

His wife, Sandra Burnette, confirmed the death.

Maj. Burnette spent 20 years as an Army intelligence officer and served two tours in Vietnam. His decorations included the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

In 1984, he joined the Defense Intelligence Agency as a military intelligence expert.

Gerald Douglas Burnette was a native of Asheboro, N.C., and a 1963 history graduate of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C.

He moved to Gerrardstown from Woodbridge in 2005.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Sandra Winters Burnette of Gerrardstown; a son, Douglas Burnette of Woodbridge; two sisters; and a brother.

— Megan McDonough