Burns, James Ira (September 11, 1925 - February 21, 1990)

James Ira Burns

Douglas Budget - February 28, 1990

Mass for Christian Burial for James Ira Burns, age 64, was held Saturday, Feb. 24 at St. James Catholic Church with the Rev. Philip Colibraro as the Celebrant.

Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery with Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 conducting the military rites. A rosary was recited Friday at the Converse Funeral Chapel.

Mr. Burns died Thursday, Feb. 21, 1990, at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.

He was born Sept. 11, 1925 at Scotia, Neb., the son of John J. and Catherine (Halpin) Burns. He was reared and educated in Scotia, graduating from high school in 1945. He worked for the Bureau of Reclamation in Colorado from 1945 until 1950, when he was called for duty in the Korean War. He served in the United States Army with the Army Engineers. After being discharged from the Army, he worked for the Kerr McGee Corporation in Oklahoma.

On Dec. 19, 1953, he and Bernice Ullom were married in Douglas. After his marriage he worked for the Wyoming Highway Department in Douglas until his retirement in 1985. He also owned and operated a private land surveying company.

He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8. He loved traveling and was a workaholic.

He is survived by his wife Bernice; three sisters, Mrs. Paul (Wauneta) McGowan of Grand Island, Neb., Mrs. Don (Mary Rita) Wagner of Scottsbluff, Neb., and Mrs. James (Catherine Pat) O'Connor of Greeley, Neb.; 30 nieces and nephews; and 22 great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

Serving as pallbearers were Tim O'Connor, Jim O'Connor, Shawn O'Connor, Matt McGowan, Larry McGowan, and Mark McGowan.

Honorary pallbearers were Jim McGowan, Steve Anderson, Jim Robinson, Jim Graves, Loren Gale, Fred Rohlff, Paul Treida, Tom Christy, Trent Kaufman, Kevin Wagner and Fred Niezwaag.

A memorial to the Converse County Heart Fund or the Diabetes Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

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