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John R. Burns Sr., 100, died Saturday (Sept. 3, 2011) at Willow Brook following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 3, 1911 to Harley E. Burns and Emma Myrtle Terry. He was a World War II Army veteran and was retired from the Army Depo in Columbus.

Survivors include a son, John R. Burns, Jr., of Delaware; a sister, Margaret Ridge of Charlottesville, Va.; a granddaughter, Pamela Sue Burns Starling (Larry Starling) of Delaware; a grandson, John R. Burns, III (Melanie Couch Burns) of Ontario, Canada; and three great-granddaughters: Amanda Brooke Starling Windhof (Tim Windhof) of Munich, Germany; Emily Marie Burns, of Ontario, Canada; and Rebecca Rene Burns of Ontario, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vivian Anne Sponsler; his sister, Francis Burnham; his daughter-in-law, G. Pauline Yost Burns; two brothers-in-law, John Ridge and Bryson Burnham.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, 2011 at Oak Grove Cemetery. The Delaware County Veterans Association will conduct full military honors.

Arrangements are in charge of Robinson Funeral Home.

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