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William Burns

ST. JOE -William "Red" Burns, 94, died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Laurels of DeKalb in Butler.

He was born Oct. 2, 1926 in Auburn, to John and Lily Mae Burns. They preceded him in death.

He married Virginia "Ginny" Herschberger on March 30, 1963, in West Virginia, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 15, 2015.

Surviving are a son, Jeffrey Burns of Plainfield, Indiana; and a brother-in-law, Melvin Herschberger of St. Joe.

He was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Carroll Herschberger.

He was a retired truck driver with Pacific Intermountain Express. He loved to read, travel, and was very interested in World War II and Civil War history.

Calling will be held Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home, Spencerville.

Services will be on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, St. Joe.

Memorials are to Betz Nursing Home, 116 Betz Road Auburn, IN 46706

For the safety of the family and our staff, social distancing and face masks will be recommended.

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Published by KPCNews on May 23, 2021.
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4:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home - Spencerville
6992 St Rd 1, Spencerville, IN
Carnahan-Baidinger & Walter Funeral Home - Spencerville
6992 St Rd 1, Spencerville, IN
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Your dad was so special to our dad! They shared a lifetime of love and friendship. The 7 of us loved him like family as dad did. Pretty sure they are sharing a beer and chat in heaven about now!
The Blandford Siblings
May 27, 2021
There are two incredible moments I remember most between my father and Red. One very happy one very sad. Dad and Red lost touch with each other after the army. Our family took several trips to Indiana to play detective and try to locate him to no avail. We just walked around several towns and went into businesses and such asking if anyone knew him. (no internet at that time!) Then one day Red calls dad from about a mile away from where we were living in Louisville. He'd been searching for dad too. I will never forget the look of pure elation on my dads face when he got that call. He was so excited I thought he would pee himself. After that, they kept in touch visited each other and we got to experience true pleasure of getting to know the sweet, sweet person Red was and welcoming him into our family. We just instantly loved him because of who he was and because ... dad did! The sad part was when dad was dying of cancer and Red came to say goodbye. Just a rip your heart out scene that I will never forget between two friends. So it was only goodbye for a while. I know they are up in heaven right now having a beer and a good laugh!
Mary Beth Houze
May 25, 2021
My condolences to Reds family...What a good friend he was to my dad Joe Blandford....I can almost hear their laughter when I think of Red...
Shirley Carey
May 24, 2021
Oh very sad. I met William a few years ago, he would come into the Auburn dollar tree store every week where I work and we would talk. It was always great to see him. I just can’t believe he is gone. Very nice man. Just saw him a week ago..he seemed good. I will miss our conversations at the DT. I’m glad that he is not alone anymore and is with his wife in Heaven.
Mary Littlejohn
May 23, 2021
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