James M. "Jim" Burns, 89, of Interstate Parkway, passed away Sunday (Sept. 14, 2014) with his wife at his side at his residence.
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Born Feb. 19, 1925, in Bradford, he was the son of the late James H. Burns and Ethel Palmer Burns-Dennis. On April 7, 1951, he married Peggy Carlson Burns, who died Dec. 5, 1976. Then on Oct. 28, 1978, he married Joan A. Johnson Burns, who survives.
Mr. Burns was a 1943 graduate of Bradford High School.
He served with the U.S. Army in the Army Medical Corps during World War II and served in Burma. He was employed as a parts man at Race Buick upon returning from the service. He worked for five years at Bradford Motor Parts, then Reisner Auto Parts for 20 years, Block Auto Parts for five years and as manager, M&M Auto for three years.
Mr. Burns also worked part-time for the Foster Township Police Department under Chief Bridge and later returned to the force in the mid-80s. He had also worked in maintenance at the YWCA and was a night clerk at the DeSoto Holiday House, retiring in 1989.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a member of the Kiwanis Club and Ball & Chain Club. He had been a Scout Master for Troop #16.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Matthew (Carol) Burns of Bellefonte, Mark (Diane) Burns of Rixford, and David Burns of Bradford; three grandchildren, Shawn Burns, Val Burns and Emily Burns; and one great-grandson, Nathan Burns.
Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., where funeral and committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Robert Brest, pastor of the First Free Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Limestone (N.Y.) Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to McKean County SPCA, P.O. Box 113, Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Sept. 15 to Oct. 14, 2014