Burns, Leonard

Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Sturday, June 29, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the American Lung Association


Leonard Burns of Lonedell, MO, departed this life in St. Louis, MO, on June 24, 2019, having reached the age of eighty-six years, seven months and twenty-one days. Leonard was born in St. Louis on November 3, 1932, son of Albert Burns and Grace Burns nee Walters. On November 15, 1952, he was united in marriage to Lowell Alice Mann, known to all as Alice, and four children came to bless this union.

Leonard is survived by his wife, Alice Burns of Lonedell, MO; by two sons, Donald Burns and wife, Laura, of Cedar Hill, MO and Leonard Joseph Burns, known to all as Len, and significant other, Heidi Strippgen, of Festus, MO; by two daughters, Mary Jo Hecht and husband, Donald, of Cattleville, MO and Anita Pich and significant other, Donnie Bailey, of St. Clair, MO; by one brother, Jimmy Burns of St. Clair; by ten grandchildren, twenty-seven great-grandchildren, six sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Grace Burns; by three brothers, William Burns, known to all as Bill, Albert Burns and Robert Burns, and by three sisters, Rose Picano, Marie Janicka and Patricia Henry.

Leonard was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was proud to have served his country as a Corporal in the United States Army during the Korean War, entering February 19, 1953 and receiving his honorable discharge on February 5, 1955. He was a member of the American Legion Post 320 of Pacific, MO. Leonard was a welder by trade and was employed by Foster Brothers in St. Louis, MO, retiring after thirty years of service to the company. He was an outdoorsman at heart and after he retired, he enjoyed spending as much time outdoors as possible. He enjoyed feeding and watching the birds and other wildlife. Fishing was another of his hobbies. Leonard was a talented woodworker and enjoyed his woodworking projects. He was a family man at heart and he was happiest when he was spending time with Alice and his family. Many happy memories were created and much love was shared.

A devoted and loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Ben Kingston officiating. Interment with full military honors was held in Crestview Memorial Park, St. Clair, MO. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.