|Dennis David Burns, Sr., passed away peacefully at Western Illinois Kidney Center in Galesburg, IL on November 5th, 2009.
He was born at the U.S. Indian School Hospital on February 1st, 1940 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Arthur Burns of the Laguna/Pueblo and Suzie Pontiac Burns of the Chippewa/Ottawa Tribe/ Village of Seama.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, Douglas, his older brother, Arthur and older sisters, Ina Analla and Rose Hale.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving his country aboard the USS Dixie with pride for 8 years. He served one year in Vietnam "Boots on Ground" experiencing tragedies of war, yet he completed artwork and letters reflecting his desire to stay in touch and care for his family. His love of art continued as he became an award-winning artist later in life. He was a quiet man of faith, courage and love of family. He was proud of and loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Being a self taught, talented guitar player, his family and friends enjoyed his music.
He is survived by his wife, Lee Ann Burns and a grandson they raised, Seth Arthur Alcorn of Abingdon. He is also survived by his son, D. David Burns, Jr. of Galesburg, his daughters, Tina Burns of Galesburg, Susan (Robert) Schleich of Monmouth, Julie Fitzsimmons of Peoria and Karen Slack of Tremont, his grandsons, Zack, Josh and Ben Burns of Galesburg, Tyler and Austin Schleich of Monmouth and Chris Gaskins of Peoria, his granddaughters, Chelsy (Toby) Monzo of Galesburg and Faith Schleich of Monmouth, great-grandson, Caleb Monzo and great-granddaughters, Selah Monzo and Mariah Burns both of Galesburg and many nieces and nephews in New Mexico.
Dennis received his Associates Degree of Science from Carl Sandburg College in 1979. Though he was a quiet man, he enjoyed people and was well-known for his 30 plus years of employment at Hi-Lo Grocery in Galesburg (nick-named Dan) and his seven years of employment at Abingdon Middle School until his retirement in August 2008. Dennis was a Boy Scout Leader for many years and a registered pastor of Restoration Ministry most of his adult life. Though he is now home with his Savior, he will be missed by a close, Christian community of friends and his family.
Graveside service with military rites will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at the Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia, IL. Rev. Robert Koker will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm Monday, November 9, 2009 at the Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel with a Christian prayer service at 7:30 pm.
Memorials may be made to the Western Illinois Kidney Center, 765 N. Kellogg St., Suite 101, Galesburg, IL 61410 or the Abingdon Food Pantry, 401 N. Washington St. Abingdon, IL 61410. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.