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Clifford E. Burns

Clifford E. Burns

Clifford E. Burns, age 82, of Mitchell, died at his residence on October 15, 2013, after an illness of several months. Funeral services will be at 10:30AM Saturday, October 19, 2013 at First Lutheran Church in Mitchell. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Will Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery with military rites. Arrangements are under the direction of the Will Funeral Chapel.

Cliff was born September 5, 1931, in Aurora County to Leslie and Bessie (Jones) Burns. He attended school in Stickney and graduated high school in 1950. He was employed at Argus Printers in Stickney from 1950 to 1952. He was inducted into the United States Army in June, 1952 and after serving in Germany for 18 months, was discharged in June, 1954. After his discharge, he was again employed at Argus Printers in Stickney until the spring of 1964.

Cliff married Lonnie Goddicksen on June 15, 1958 at St. John's Blooming Valley Lutheran Church of rural Corsica. They lived in Stickney until October of 1964 when they moved to Mitchell. He was employed at the Mitchell Daily Republic as a pressman and later at McLeod's Printing. After retirement he worked parttime at Palace Motors and Napa Auto Parts.

He loved fishing, pheasant hunting, gardening and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He was a faithful member of the First Lutheran Church in Mitchell, where he had served on the church council, and the American Legion.

He is survived by his wife, Lonnie, of Mitchell; four children: Rev. Randall and wife Melanie, of Houlton, Maine, Doug Burns, Mitchell, Tim Burns and wife Londa, Montevideo, MN, and Lisa Burns of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren, Jessica Burns, Mitchell, Kelsey Burns, Sioux Falls, Mackenzie Burns and Madeline Burns, La Mirada, CA and Katie Burns of Grand Forks, ND.

Survivors also include two sisters, Donna Messer of Stickney and Shirley Bruseth, Bothell, Washington; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Engelland and husband, Warren of Green Valley, AZ and Marilyn Brenner and husband, Al of Armour and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his step-father, John Calhoun, one sister, Dorothy Jacobs, a brother, Marvin Burns, two step-sisters, Edith Mendelssohn and Bette Briese, sister-in-law Hazel Neugebauer and husband, Gottfried, brother-in-law, Lee Goddicksen and wife, Shirley and a granddaughter, Amanda Burns.