Thomas F. Burns, 88, died Sunday (May 6, 2007) at Community Hospital in McCook.
He was born Jan. 25, 1919, to Thomas A. and Margaret (Free) Burns at Cheyenne, Wyo. He graduated from Holy Family High School in 1935, and Regis College in Denver, where he received all conference recognition in football.
He was in the U.S. Army Air Corp as an Instructor Pilot for four years and an engineer on Burlington Northern for 42 years.
He enjoyed playing racquetball, he was a fan of all Bison sports, the Denver Broncos and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He coached Saint Vincent DePaul football and St Patrick's basketball. He enjoyed his kids and grandkids in all their activities.
He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Elks Club, Burlington Northern Past Time as President, Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Eagles Club, and was named Eagles Father of the Year in 1983.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife of 63 years, Betty on Jan. 13, 2005; one granddaughter, Brenda Hamrick; and eight brothers and sisters, Gerald, Francis, Bonnie, John Francis, Ruth, Helen, Robert and Barbara Jean.
He is survived by his sons, Joseph Burns and special friend, Loretta Minard, Patrick Burns and Robert Burns and wife, Geri; daughter, Cheryl Hamrick and husband, Joseph, all of McCook; brother, Joe Burns and wife, Joanie; sister, Rosemary Chisholm and husband, John, all of Denver; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given in his name.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 11 a.m., with Father Gary Brethour as Celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 8 p.m. and Wednesday until time of rosary. Rosary will be Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home.
Friends may sign his book at the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.