Thomas Eugene Burns 1941 - 2014 Lawrence

Thomas Eugene Burns, 73, of Lawrence, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at his home. He was born July 24, 1941 at Lawrence, the son of Thomas Leo and Ozella Eva Pearson Burns. Thomas graduated from Lawrence High School in 1960 and attended college at the University of Kansas. He served in the US Army Reserves, earning an Expert Marksmanship Badge and an EIB Badge. Thomas served as the Chief of Police for McLouth, KS. for 19 years and was a Jefferson County Sheriffs Officer for 26 years. He also was a welder and owned Burns Welding for many years. He was a member of the Lawrence American Legion Post #14, Lawrence Heights Christian Church as well as attended the McLouth Baptist Church. He married Judy Goll and then Kathy Kessler. They both preceded him in death. He later married Debra Lynn Ping Hansen at Wasilla, AK. on September 10, 2007. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a son, Sean Burns, Lawrence, step- sons Clinton and Curtis Woodhead, a daughter, Michelle Coleman, Ottawa, KS., step-daughter Amy Kesinger,
three sisters, Susie Taul, Baldwin City, KS., Patty Breithaupt, Lawrence, Jenny Supernaw, Perry, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral Services will be 10:00A.M. Saturday at the McLouth Baptist Church. Burial will follow at McLouth Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday evening at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Douglas County Senior Meals Program or the First Baptist Church of McLouth and sent in care of Barnett Family Funeral Home, PO Box 602 Oskaloosa, KS 66066. Online condolences may be made at
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