John Howard Burnside (1946 - 2015)

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John Howard Burnside, 68, died on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at his home in Anderson Township, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.
Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, with the Rev. Robert Weaver officiating. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at
Mr. Burnside was born on Dec. 26, 1946, the son of Robert G. and Mary Burnside of Vandalia.
In 1968, he was married to the former Sherry Bauman at First Baptist Church of Vandalia, with the Rev. Archie Brown officiating. Sherry was the love of his life, as he was the love of her life. A daughter, Shelly Dawn, was born to them in 1970.
He graduated from Vandalia Community High School in 1965. In 1969, he was awarded a bachelor's degree from the School of Engineering at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
In 1969, the family moved to Livonia, Mich., where Mr. Burnside went to work as an engineer for the Ford Motor Co. In 1978, he and his family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he built the Batavia Transmission Plant for Ford. He then worked in management at the plant until retiring in 1999.
He was a trustee of Anderson Hills United Methodist Church in Anderson Township. He served on the board of the Association of Retired Methodist Men and was a trustee of Five¬ Mile Chapel.
Mr. Burnside lived a life of generous service. A talented carpenter, plumber, electrician, landscaper and computer operator, among other things, "he loved to help people," said his daughter, Shelly.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry, of Anderson Hills; daughter, Shelly of Birmingham, Mich.; brother, Gordon of Edwardsville; sisters, Elizabeth, of Vandalia, and Anne, of Iowa City, Iowa; brother-in-law, Harold Baumann of Vandalia; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. and Mrs. Burnside had established a scholarship fund for engineering students from Fayette County. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the fund: Old Capitol Foundation/John & Sherry Burnside Scholarship Fund, Trust Dept, First National Bank of Vandalia, 311 Bankers Blvd., Vandalia, Ill. 62471.
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Hohlt & File Funeral Home Ltd
204 North Fourth Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
(618) 283-3434
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Published in The Leader-Union from Apr. 21 to Apr. 29, 2015