Charles D. Burns, 93, Erie, died Monday, July 7, 2008, at Prairie Mission Retirement Village, in St. Paul, where he had resided since March of this year.
He was born June 4, 1915, in Walnut to Clarence and Leona Mudd Burns. He attended the local schools, graduating from Walnut High School in 1933.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1942-1945.
For a time, he drove a truck for Swift and Company before returning to the farm where he raised stock cattle and diversified crops, and was a dairy farmer.
He and Agnes E. Marnell were married Feb. 16, 1942, in Walnut. She died on May 29, 2008. He was an active member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie and enjoyed being involved in church activities.
Survivors include four sons, Charles C. Burns, Pueblo West, Colo., John F. Burns, Shawnee, Okla., Robert J. Burns, Fort Scott, and James T. Burns, Parsons; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Erie. Burial will be in Fort Scott National Cemetery with military honors given by Fort Riley Honor Guard. he Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. today at St. Ambrose Catholic Church. The family will receive friends immediately following the Rosary in Parish Hall.
Contributions to St. Ambrose Catholic Church or Prairie Mission Retirement Village may be made to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.