Franklin Donald Burian

06/24/1933 - 12/25/2014 Obituary
Franklin Donald Burian Obituary
Franklin Donald Burian was born on June 24, 1933 in Chamberlain, South Dakota to Frank and Minnie (Piot) Burian. He graduated from Kimball High School, Kimball, South Dakota and lived in Kimball until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954. He served two years as a manager in the Army commissary in Salzburg, Austria. During school years and after his military service was complete, he worked in various Burian family businesses: butchering for the meat locker business; was the owner/operator of a Texaco service station and campground and along with his Dad, managed the rental of farm land. In 1974, he was an auditor for the South Dakota Department of Revenue. He received a patent for his invention of a paint brush cleaning tool.
In the early 1980's, he went to Lovelock, Nevada to work in a family casino for a short time, and in 1983, after the death of his parents, he came to Bakersfield, California. During that time, he met Judy Crenshaw. This was the beginning of a 31 year long relationship. They liked to travel and took lots of wonderful trips. In 1990 the casino in Fernley, Nevada needed him. Franklin was made General Manager of Sturgeons Casino. He stayed in Fernley for a couple of years and then came back to Bakersfield.
He was a member of St. Margaret's Catholic Church in Kimball, South Dakota. In May of 2013, he entered the memory department of Glenwood Gardens with Alzheimer's. Our thanks to the staff for caring for Franklin during this difficult time. He passed away in Bakersfield, California on December 25, 2014.
Franklin was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marie (Carl) Tranisi, Elna (Ernest) Geppert. Franklin is survived by his sister, Marlys (Mike) Berry; many nieces, nephews, cousins and by Judy Crenshaw and her family.
Services will be held at Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest on January 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm; with visitation the same day beginning at 1:00 pm. For condolences, please visit: www.greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Dec. 31, 2014
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