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Burse Leon Borden Jr.

Burse Leon Borden Jr. Burse "Leon" Borden Jr. passed away on June 11, 2014, after fighting a courageous five year battle with brain cancer. Leon was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Burse Sr., and Helen Borden on December 1, 1943. Leon's early years were enjoyed at their home on Main Street in Shawnee. This was the quintessential neighborhood for young families and Leon had great childhood memories of his sisters, cousins, friends, and family there. He often spoke of the impenetrable tree house, the local burger joint, corner store, riding bikes and scooters, and the joy of having the first TV in their neighborhood which brought with it a Friday night of Gunsmoke, hamburgers and a household of family and neighbors. While attending High School and College Leon worked for his father in construction. He learned many construction skills at a young age and put those skills to work throughout his life; building his first home and remodeling his second. After college Leon joined the Air Force. While in boot camp he met Karen King and they were married before he was deployed to Viet Nam. Upon his return, Leon and Karen raised their three children; Nick, Jeff, and Noel. Leon was proud of his children and grandchildren. In 1985 Leon met Kim Austin and they were married in 1997. They shared a rewarding time during their nearly 30 years together. Leon was an adventurer and enjoyed numerous recreations; camping, biking, sailing, RV'ing, traveling, elk and deer hunting, and motorcycle riding. Leon worked at Snohomish County PUD for over 35 years and developed many friendships while there. Leon was a kind and loving man. He always had a kind word and found goodness in everyone. Leon is survived by his wife, Kim; his sisters, Jane Wall, Rebecca Rosenbaum (Steve), and Elaine Craig; children Nick Borden (Lisa), Jeff Borden, and Noel Harper (Matt); his step-son Tom Vane (Danyiel); his grandchildren, Kristin, Jeff, Jr., Katie, Caleb, Joey, Abby, Reidar and Ethan; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Leon was preceded in death by his father, mother, and brother-in-law, Robert. Leon was loved and will be missed by many. There will be a celebration of Leon's life on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Rd. A barbecue will follow. Attendees are encouraged to share their stories and memories of Leon during the celebration. Let us not be sad that he is gone, but happy that he was here and lived such a full and rich life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the University of Washington Medical Center, Neurology Tumor Fund at: http:// depts.washinton.edu/gve med/give/?page=make&source=GLIOMA.
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Published in The Herald (Everett) from June 13 to June 15, 2014
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