John Burns


LAKIN — John Burns, 78, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at his daughter's home in Garden City.

LAKIN — John Burns, 78, died Monday, March 4, 2013, at his daughter's home in Garden City.

He was born Nov. 24, 1934, in Kearny County, to Robert Frederick and Edna Morrison Burns.

On Sept. 29, 1954, he married Patsy Jane Townsend in Westway, Texas. She died July 13, 2009. He also was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patsy Jane Burns; a sister, Belle Detwiler; and two grandsons, Preston Trip Burns and Jerry Burns Jr.

A Lakin resident since 1974, Mr. Burns was a grain hauler. In 2001, he retired to Conchas Dam, N.M. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Survivors include two sons, John R. "Johnny" Burns Jr. of Lakin, and Jerry Ray and Josephine Burns of Lubbock, Texas; two daughters, Paula Jeanice Burns of Garden City, and Pamela Jayanna and Steven Dussart of Rio Rancho, N.M.; seven brothers, Harold Burns of Holcomb, Daniel, Fred, Frank and George Burns, all of Lakin, Marvin Burns of Visalia, Calif., and Tom Burns of Garden City; three sisters, Freda Ferrell and Nancy Peters, both of Ulysses, and Louise Burns of Lakin; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will begin at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Wesleyan Church in Lakin. Burial will be at Lakin Cemetery.

Visitation hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Garnand Funeral Home in Lakin. Condolences may be emailed to Memorials are suggested to Cal Farley's Boys Ranch or the American Cancer Society, both in care of the funeral home, Box 91, Lakin, KS 67860.


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