James Laurence "Larry" Burns September 3, 1920 – December 11, 2012 Larry Burns, age 92, died peacefully in his reading chair at home Tuesday morning. His son, Chris and nephew, Tom Burns were with him. Larry is survived by his children, Andrew, Murchie, Sheila and Chris; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He met his wife of 68 years, Bette, in Glenwood Springs where he was a bellhop at the Colorado Hotel. They traveled extensively in their retirement years, mostly to visit their progeny in different parts of the US. Bette passed away in July, 2011. They were pre-deceased by two children, Peggy and Tim. Born at his grandmother's home in Parks, Nebraska, Larry grew up on various farms, moved to Colorado and graduated from Basalt High School. He attended and played football at Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction. A veteran of WWII, Larry served in the Army Air Corp as a B-29 crewman on Tinian Island, from which the U.S. flew the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan. Life leads to many transformations, and in 1986, Larry participated in the Great Peace March for Nuclear Disarmament, marching from LA to Washington, DC to raise awareness. He personally vowed to practice peace in thought, word and deed. Larry was an active member of AA since 1983. He was also active with Habitat for Humanity, Peace & Justice, and Catholic Outreach. Visitation will be 4 -6:00 p.m. Friday, December 14th, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 15 at Calvary Cemetery. The funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catholic Outreach and Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on Dec. 14, 2012