VERNON WILLIAM "BILL" BURNS
1942 - 2020
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Vernon William "Bill" Burns of Brawley passed from this life peacefully on June 23, 2020, with his family at his side, following a battle with leukemia; he was 78. Bill is survived by his wife of 52 years, and the love of his life, Glenda; son Wes (Gillian) Burns of Chandler, AZ; daughter Stacie (David) Easterling of Antelope, CA; grandchildren Morgan, Patricia, Jacob, and Madilyn; uncle David Burns; sister Carol Marshall; brother Dennis Burns, and sister Verna Mae (Marcus) Neuhaus. Bill was preceded in death by his parents Vernon E. and Esta Mae Field Burns, and brother Jerry R. Burns. A third generation Imperial Valley native, Bill was born in Brawley on January 8, 1942, and attended schools in Brawley and Westmorland. In 1964 he enlisted into the US Army, and went on to serve a combat tour as an infantryman in Viet Nam. Following his discharge, he joined Brawley Police Department, where he was quickly promoted to the rank of sergeant. On September 5, 1967 Bill married Glenda Pendley of Brawley, and started a family. He left the police department after six years of dedicated service, and went on to work as a ranch foreman for many years, before taking over his father's lamb feeding business near Westmorland, which he operated until he retired. Sociable and selfless to a fault, Bill had an extraordinary willingness to help anyone in need, and was well-known throughout the Valley. Proud of his Valley heritage, he was prone to reminiscing about memorable events, people, and places that had impacted him throughout his life. He was thankful for his years of military and law enforcement service to our community, state, and nation, and inspired his son Wes to serve as well. Bill had a knack for making children laugh, and went out of his way to do nice things for others without being asked. No stranger to hard work, he was industrious and had an inspiring work ethic; he faithfully served on the Westmorland School Board for more than a decade, was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and the Pioneers Memorial Museum. Confident in his spirituality and sense of humanity, Bill was a deacon and active volunteer at Valley Baptist Church; the sorrow of Bill's absence from those who knew him on earth is balanced by the joy of those who know him now in heaven. Family visitation and viewing is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 6-9 p.m. at Frye Chapel and Mortuary in Brawley. Per the Imperial County Public Health guidelines, 10 visitors maximum will be allowed inside Frye's Chapel at a time. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Bill's memory to Valley Baptist Church at PO Box 334 Brawley, CA 92227, or VFW Post 9305 PO Box 3054 El Centro, CA 92244.

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Published in Imperial Valley Press Online on Jun. 30, 2020.
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July 9, 2020
He had a wonderful testimony and relationship with his maker and family, GOD graciously relieved him of his sickness and Blessed him with a place in Heaven.
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Steve Reeves
July 8, 2020
So sorry to learn of Bills passing. Our paths crossed at the end of Bills law enforcement career and the beginning of mine, this of course made us brothers forever. I always enjoyed Bills positive attitude and outlook. Imperial County has lost a kind and loving soul and good friend, I have lost a brother. Our prayers for Bills family that was so obviously precious to him.
Tim Blankenship
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July 7, 2020
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Kimberly Pendley
July 7, 2020
Bill definitely made this valley a nicer place with his kindness.
Rest in Paradise Bill
Cheryl Smith
July 5, 2020
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Verna, we are saddened by the loss of your brother. We are thinking of you, Marcus and the rest of the family in this hour of grief.
Jerry and Rita Hale
July 2, 2020
I was privileged to meet Bill when he was a sergeant on the Brawley Police Department where I worked with him for a short period of time. I respected him as a individual and a police officer. He was brave, caring and a man of integrity. His friendship will be missed.
Bernie Homme
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Bernie Homme
Friend
July 2, 2020
My thoughts, Prayers and love for the Burns Family. Bill was a dear friend . He will be missed.
NANCY GASTON
Friend
July 2, 2020
Condolences to his family. Bill was a great guy. He truly is going to be missed.
Tina Abatti Wills
Friend
July 2, 2020
Condolences to the Burns family, had the honor of calling Bill a friend. Got to know Bill for many years as well as his dad Vernon during my stint working in Westmorland. God Bless him.RIP Bill
Steve Vasquez
Friend
July 1, 2020
I knew Bill when we were kids at Westmorland Elementary School and Brawley High School. His cousin Betty Lou (Minshew) Gibbs and I have been best friends for 65 years. Bill was a kind and thoughtful person. My sympathies to his wife and family. Heaven has a new warrior.
Sharon (Butler) Arnaiz
Classmate
July 1, 2020
Cousin Bill was the epitamy of the saying " YOU CAN'T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN". He fought a long and hard battle. It's rare to find a man of his character and strength. The of what a man should be.
Robert Minshew
Family
July 1, 2020
Bill was my cheerleader through many hard times. Id wake up to inspiring emails from him that kept me going. I have a picture of him at Brownies during the First Responders Appreciation breakfast with a huge smile on his face. The Olde Guy will definitely be missed by everyone who knew him. Prayers for God to comfort Glenda, Stacey, Wes, and family.
God speed, Bill! Thank you for your kindness!
Deb Stillman
Friend
July 1, 2020
I will always remember Bill as a friend, wonderful family man and above all, a true believer in our Lord Jesus Christ. There is no doubt in my mind that Bill is in Heaven with our maker. He fought the fight as true and faithful servant, a great witness to all who new him.
Steve Reeves
Friend
June 30, 2020
It is sad...My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.
E Steve Powers
Friend
June 30, 2020
I met Bill when I returned from Vietnam in 1971 at Brawley P.D. . . .He was a Sergeant, and I was a College Intern Cadet. . . .Always helpful and easy going. . . .Our loss, Heaven's Gain. . . .
John Davis
Friend
June 30, 2020
I did not know Bill personally. He was behind me at Brawley High. I became a prayer warrior when I heard about his cancer - and prayed for him every day. He was a fighter to the end. May God give comfort to all who are left behind and may you find peace. He is in a better place!!!
Maxine L McFarland
Friend
June 30, 2020
I'm so saddened by this today ! He was always so nice to me he worked with my Dad many years ago! My prayers are with the family during this very sad time
Rhoda Claybrook
June 30, 2020
Bill left this earth after leaving his mark wherever he went. He knew no stranger and was always willing to help someone out, whether it was a kind word, a funny story, a (Hugg), or just being there for them. I am very blessed to call him my Brother He served the Lord well.❤❤
Carol Marshall
Sister
June 30, 2020
My condolences to the Burns family. Bill was one of the good ones. Faithful to his Lord, family and his friends. R.I.P. Bill. ✝
Sally Traylor
Acquaintance
June 30, 2020
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