Obituaries

Richard "Dick" Jay Burns 1933 - 2008 Bonner Springs

A Mass of Christian burial for Richard “Dick” Jay Burns, 74, of Bonner Springs, was Friday, Sept. 26, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, Shawnee, with burial in Bonner Springs Cemetery.
Mr. Burns died Monday, Sept. 22, 2008, at his home surrounded by family and friends.
He was born Dec. 11, 1933, in Cherryvale, Kan., the son of Robert E. and Matilda R. (Morey) Burns. He graduated from Pittsburg State University in 1958 and went on to receive a master’s degree in 1962. He married Marjorie “Marge” Ann Blaes in 1961 and they had eight children.
Mr. Burns began teaching industrial arts and coaching football in 1959 at Bonner Springs High School, where he spent his entire teaching career until he suffered a stroke and retired in 1993. “Coach Burns” started the wrestling program in 1968. He was inducted into the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988.
He was involved with the youth of the community, serving as recreation director for the city of Bonner Springs for many years and coaching several youth sports teams. He and his wife received the Marion Vaughn Community Service Award in 1994 for their service to the Bonner Springs community.
Mr. Burns was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Church. He enjoyed singing in the church choir and sang at several weddings during his lifetime. He is fondly remembered for leading the Bonner Springs Braves teams of the 1960s and 1970s in a victory song, “The Goat.”
His wife, Marjorie, died in 1994.
Survivors include a sister, Catherine Truster, Sidney, Ohio; a brother, Michael, Wichita; two sons, Richard L., Platte City, Mo., and Daniel, Linwood; six daughters, Matilda “Tillie” LaPlante and Patricia Nickell, both of of Bonner Springs, Victoria Burns, Manhattan, Jacqueline Burns, Edwardsville, Coleen Hotop, Kansas City, Mo., and Michaeleen “Micki” Burns, Dallas; a foster son, Guy Tiner, Bonner Springs; and 11 grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church or Kansas City Hospice.
Arr.: Alden-Harrington Funeral Home, Bonner Springs.