Ross D. "Popper" Burns

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ross D. "Popper" Burns, 82, of Douglas, Kan., passed away Wednesday morning, September 17, 2008, at Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice at St. Francis in Wichita.

Born on September 9, 1926, in Uniontown, Kan., he was the son of William Harvey and Ida Bernadine (Newcomb) Burns. He was raised in Hiatville, Kan., and educated at Pawnee Station, Kan.

Ross was united in marriage to Ruby Pearl (Henning) in Eureka Springs, Ark., on November 17, 1951. The couple made their first home in Pawnee Station, Kan., before moving to Wichita, and later making their home in Douglas.

As a young man, he did farm work, bailing hay and filling the silos. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge number 216 in Hiatville and later lodge number 151 in Douglas. He was active in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed playing cards and was an avid John Deere collector.

His family includes: His wife, Ruby of the home; his sons, Doug Burns and wife Kathy of Winfield and John Burns and wife, Annette of Douglas; his brother, Carl Tuggle of Fort Scott; his grandchildren, Justin, Sara, Joe and LeAnne; his step-grandchildren, Misty, Adam, Nate, Samantha, Brittany, Emily, Jacob and Jessica; his great-grandchildren, Ayden and Tayton; and his step great-grandchildren, Katlyn, Piercen, Corban and David.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Dustin Wayne, his brothers J.V. Norris, Franklin Lee and Joe Wayne and a sister Olive Ann.

Funeral Services will be on Saturday, Sept., 20, 2008, at 2 p.m. at the Douglas United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at the Douglas Cemetery. Friends may call at Miles Funeral Service on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

Memorials have been established in Ross' name for the Douglas United Methodist Church, Douglas Masonic Lodge No. 151 and to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice.

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