Lonnie G. Burns, 57, of Tina, formerly of Marshall, died Monday Aug. 28, 2006, at his home on the family farm near Tina after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at First United Methodist Church in Marshall. Rev. Dave Huck and William W. Harlow will officiate. Burial will be in Avalon Cemetery at Avalon. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to Marshall FFA Alumni for the Lonnie Burns S.A.E. Endowment in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Darrel Burns, Mike Bair, Paul Crews, David Grossenburg, Greg Kempf, Kevin Riggs, Mark Thomeczek, and Randy Vessell.
Born Nov.18, 1948, in Chillicothe, he was the son of the late Virgil and Anna Louise Cowsert Burns. On June 6, 1970, in Avalon, he married Vicky England, who survives of the home.
Mr. Burns was a 1966 graduate of Tina-Avalon High School and then attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Education and a Master's in Education. He began his teaching career in Pilot Grove in 1972. He taught Vocational Agriculture in the Marshall Public School District from 1974 until his retirement in 2003. During that time he was an FFA Advisor and assistant high school baseball coach for many years.
Mr. Burns was a former member of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, where he had served on the Board and a term as Vice President. He was also active on the Saline County Fair Board, serving as President and chairing the Corn Husking Committee.
Mr. Burns was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Marshall and the Seekers Sunday School Class. He held many positions on the church's committees, most recently serving as treasurer of the church's Board of Trustees. He was also a member of the United Church of Tina Adult Bible Study Group.
In addition to his wife Vicky, he is survived by two sons, Nathan Burns and wife Lauren of St. Louis and Andrew Burns of St. Louis. He is also survived by one brother, Darrel Burns and wife Sharon of Independence; three nieces, Tamara Burns of Independence, Teresa Calais and husband Mickey of Lee's Summit, and Cassie Schumacher and husband Jeff of Lee's Summit; two great-nephews, Scott Schumacher and Brigham Calais; two great-nieces, Calli Schumacher and Brinlea Calais; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Stanley and Lou England.
Additional information provided per family recompense.