WOODCOCK TOWNSHIP —
John Allen Burns, 86, a lifelong native of Woodcock Township, Crawford County, passed away in his sleep in the late evening hours of Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Meadville Medical Center.
Surrounded by his children, grandchildren and his companion, Shirley Frazier, John displayed courage and strength as he battled many difficult illnesses in his final days.
He was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Meadville, a son of Kenneth G. and Althea M. Emmel Burns. He married Autumn Jean Bossard March 26, 1950, and she preceded him in death Jan. 18, 1994. John operated a dairy farm until his retirement.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Edith Bossard; two sisters, Gene Perry and her husband, Joseph, and Dorothy Telliho and her husband, John; a brother, K. Gerald Burns; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Dillaman and Edwin Orris.
John was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army stationed in the Philippines from 1946 to 1947. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 169, Venango, member of Saegertown American Legion Post 205 and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, Meadville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and draft horses but especially spending time with his family.
Survivors include four children, Sandra Boyd of Phoenix, Ariz., Charles E. Burns and his wife, Susan J., of Saegertown, Deborah Curry and her husband, Walter, of Saegertown, and Peggy Johnson and her husband, Mark, of Saegertown; five grandchildren, Jill Myers and her husband, James, of Atlanta, Ga., Melissa Dawn Scouten and her husband, Eric, of Centerville, Craig Curry of Saegertown, Adam Curry and his wife, Megan, of Oak Ridge, N.J., and Matthew Johnson of Saegertown; two great-grandchildren, Elliott Scouten and Claire Louise Curry; three sisters, Jessie Stainbrook and her husband, Wayne, of Meadville, Donna Dillaman of Conneautville and Patricia Orris of Waterford; a sister-in-law, Betty Burns of Meadville; his companion, Shirley Frazier of Saegertown; and several nieces and nephews.
The family invites you to join them in celebrating his life. Calling hours are today from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home, 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.
The funeral service will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Alice McClymonds, pastor of Pine Grove United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Blooming Valley Cemetery with military honors provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, Meadville.
Memorials may be made to the James D. Bowers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 169, 20628 Gospel Hill Road, Venango, Pa. 16440; or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675 or woundedwarrior.org.
Memories and condolences may be shared at waidfuneralhome.net.