Raymond Burns

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Raymond L. Burns, Ph.D. Raymond L. Burns, 82, of Topeka, formerly of Valley Falls, KS, died January 18, 2014, at his home from complications of pulmonary hypertension. He was born on June 14, 1931, in Perry, KS. He was the second of the eleven children of James J. and Bertha Amelia Wenzl Burns. He attended St. Mary's Catholic Grade School and graduated from Valley Falls High School. He married Agnes Rose Hambach on September 8, 1956, at St. Patrick's Church in Jonesburg, Missouri. They have four children; Kim Burns of Sonoma, CA, Shawn Burns of Topeka, KS, Erin Burns of Emporia, KS and Maura Goldberg (David) of Henderson, NV. They have six grandchildren: Jothan Wilson, Jared, Derek and Megan Krause, Isaac and Amelia Burns. Ray graduated from Kansas State University in 1953 with a BS degree in Agriculture. He was a member of the K-State Freshman football squad, the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, the K-State Livestock Judging Team, which placed first in the American Royal and Fort Worth Collegiate Contests. He received a Union Pacific Scholarship while at K-State. That $50 per semester may seem small, however it covered his tuition and books for Freshman and Sophomore years. Upon college graduation, Ray became employed as the herdsman for Anheauser Aberdeen Angus Ranch at Jonesburg, Missouri. He fitted and showed AAA Ranch cattle at Livestock Expositions throughout the U.S. Ray was enrolled in ROTC at K-State and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force on May 24, 1953. He was assigned to Japan's Air Defense Command during the Korean Conflict with duty at radar sites in Akita Prefecture on Honshu Island. Ray accepted a teaching/research position at Purdue University. He received a Master's Degree (1958) and a Doctorate in Animal Genetics (1962) from Purdue. He then managed the Staley Angus Farm and within two years the herd attained the nation s Sire-of-Year status. He served as the Livestock Manager of Kansas City's American Royal Livestock show for three years. In 1965, Burns-Agri Management was founded for registered Angus breeders to utilize the science of genetics in the development of their herds. Ray later bought the family farm in Valley Falls. He was a fourth generation farmer-stockman raising Burnside Farms Angus. Ray also worked for the Kansas State Board of Agriculture. In 2008, Ray and Agnes moved to Topeka, KS and made their home near Christ the King parish, where he often enjoyed daily Mass and coffee with friends. Ray was a member of the Knights of Columbus since he was in college, and just celebrated his 25th year of his Fourth Degree, with an honorary life membership with the Knights of Columbus Council 6671 in Valley Falls. Ray was a member of VFW Post 3084 in Valley Falls. Ray was active in church activities, he was a Hospice volunteer, and continued to enjoy his involvement in politics. Ray enjoyed keeping in touch with his grandchildren and attending their activities. Raymond is survived by his wife, Agnes, his four children and six grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, Paul (Mary Jane) of Valley Falls, Phil (Shirley) of Nebraska, Tom (Peggy) of Topeka, and sisters Ruth (Charles) Langen of Washington, Mary (John) Triggs of Topeka, Margaret (Quentin) of Louisiana , Alice Edmonds of Manhattan and Rita Burns of Texas. Ray was preceded in death by brothers Pat Burns and Terry Burns. Ray was a positive husband, father, grandfather, friend, and role model and he will be greatly missed. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Church, 902 5th Street, Valley Falls, KS 66088, and Christ the King Catholic Church, 5973 SW 25th Street, Topeka, KS 66614. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. with Rosary at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kevin Brennan Family Funeral Home, 2801 SW Urish Road, Topeka. Mass of resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior. Online condolences may be sent to www.kevinbrennanfamily.com. Raymond L. Burns

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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal on Jan. 20, 2014
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