Ronald Burns

Ronald Dea Burns

Cedar City, Utah

Ronald Dea "Bud" Burns passed away Thursday, March 5, 2013, of natural causes.

Born September 15, 1923, in Johnston City, Williamson, Illinois to Thomas Gilbert and Dessie Irene Cushman Burns. Bud spent his first five years in Southern Illinois and then, when his father passed away, moved to Veedersburg, Fountain, Indiana. He graduated from Veedersburg High School and then went west to Seattle, Washington to work at the Boeing Aircraft facility as an electrician.

In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy as a Radioman. He served aboard the fleet tanker, USS Cahaba, until the end of World War II. Upon his release from the Navy, he worked on Davis Dam, Arizona until he visited Cedar City, Utah. He moved to Cedar City and worked for Utah Construction at the iron mines for almost 40 years.

While living in Cedar, he met Ramona Woolsey. They dated and were married September 8, 1951, in Pioche, Lincoln, Nevada. They were married for 60 years and 6 months, when Ramona passed away last year. They had 2 children, Robert C. and Dianne.

Bud enjoyed being a "Ham". His experiences as a Radioman during the war gave him a love and appreciation for ham radio. His call sign, KA7HYD, will always be remembered by friends and family. He also enjoyed the outdoors and spent much of his time fishing, hunting, and cutting firewood.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona, his parents, a brother, Eugene, and a sister, Louise. He is survived by his son, Robert (Karen) Burns, Brigham City, Utah, and his daughter, Dianne (Chuck) Cereghin, Salmon, Idaho. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 11:00 am at Southern Utah Mortuary, 190 N 300 W, Cedar City. A viewing will be held Friday, March 8, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturday, 9:30 to 10:45 am at Southern Utah Mortuary. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery, under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. Online condolences can be sent to

The family would like to express their appreciation to the Cedar City 20th Ward and to the staff of Kolob Regional Care & Rehab Center, for their kindness and concern for Dad.

Published in The Spectrum & Daily News from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2013