Douglas M. Burns, 88, died March 3, 2014, in Stuart, Fla., surrounded by his loving family. He was a resident of Throop for most of his life before moving to Scranton in 2009. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Ann Schuster Farrell Burns. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Kraynak Burns in 1992, after 43 years of marriage.
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Doug was the son of the late Joseph and Marjorie Monie Burns. A graduate of Throop High School and Wyoming Seminary, he served in the U.S. Army from 1944-1946 spending most of his time in Italy.
He retired in 1994 after 40 years as owner of Doug's Auto Service and Sales. He was a member of the VFW, DAV, American Legion, Throop and West Scranton senior centers and Monterey Men's Golf League in Stuart, Fla.
Both Doug and his wife, Ann, enjoyed 19 years as winter residents in Stuart, Fla. They golfed together, and loved to travel, play cards, dance and take trips to various casinos in Florida and Pennsylvania. They enjoyed at least one cruise every winter, and traveled to Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria on vacations.
Doug very much loved his family and extended family. He enjoyed the time spent attending their various sport games, recitals and traveling and vacationing with them. He was loved by all and will be missed so much by all who knew him. He was a loving husband, father, stepfather, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda Helene Burns (Joseph Davey); and Bonnie (Walter) Janus; four stepdaughters, Karen (John) Bigelow; Linda (Mark) Allen; Susan (Greg) Hopkins; and Anne Marie (Brian) Pember; two stepsons, Brian (Rose) Farrell; and Peter Farrell; seven grandchildren; 24 stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter, along with several nieces and nephews.
Doug was preceded in death by a son, Douglas J. Burns; a stepson, Christopher Farrell; a brother, Joseph Burns; and sister, Jessie Winters.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Doug's life, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a service immediately following at Parker Hill Community Church, Business Route 6, Dickson City, Pa., on Friday, March 21.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the ALS Greater Philadelphia Chapter, 321 Norristown Road, Suite 260, Amber, PA 19002, or Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997.
Published in Scranton Times on Mar. 19, 2014