GRAFTON — Stanley Bernard "Stan" Burns, 88, died at 1:26 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.
Stan was born on Nov. 17, 1925, in Madison, one of three children of the late Earl Edward and Marie Silvia (Schneider) Burns.
A longtime resident of Grafton, Stan had recently become a resident of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. He proudly served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grafton for over 60 years, and was a lifetime member of the Alton VFW, as well as a member and past co- commander of the Grafton American Legion, and a founder of the Grafton Volunteer Emergency Corp.
He and his wife, Peg, owned and operated Peg and Stan's Restaurant in Grafton for over 20 years, and, in addition, they were well known for taking in neighbors during Grafton's numerous floods and cooking for those who simply needed a meal. A machinist by trade, Stan loved to hunt, fish, and garden, and in his later years, he and Peg operated a pecan farm in Calhoun County.
He married the former Peggy Ann DeSherlia on May 10, 1947, in Mitchell, and their marriage spanned 64 years before her death on Nov. 7, 2011.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Randy and Becky Burns of Grafton and Jim Burns of Gerald, Mo.; a son-in- law, Mike Romano of St. Louis; five grandchildren and their spouses, Chad and Amie Burns of Glen Carbon, Amy and Joel Hall of Alton, Rose and Jesse Wilson of Florissant, Mo., Michael Romano of St. Louis and Heather and Jeff Weirich of Gerald, Mo.; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Senger and her husband Robert of Grafton and Edith DeSherlia of Fieldon; along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Stan was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Marie Romano on Feb. 7, 2013; and two sisters, Helen Prazma and Bertie Taravella.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at Crawford Funeral Home in Jerseyville.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grafton, with Fr. William Hembrow officiating.
Burial will be in Scenic Hill Cemetery in Grafton, with military graveside rites being conducted by the Grafton American Legion Post 648.
Memorials may be given to the St. Patrick's Church Altar Society or to Pan-Can, an organization dedicated to the research and elimination of pancreatic cancer.