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John F. Burns

John F. Burns

The Memorial Mass for John F. ("Chuck") Burns was held at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Rev. Liam Cary of Sacred Heart officiated.

Mr. Burns, 97, of Medford, died Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at home.

John was born May 7, 1910 in Fall River, Mass., to John and Caroline (McAndrew) Burns. He attended Fall River schools and graduated from Durfee High School in the class of 1928. He then attended and graduated from Durfee Textile School in the class of 1930, majoring in textile manufacturing. In both high school and textile school he was a member of the soccer and baseball teams.

During the 1930's, Chuck worked in textile mills in Utica, New York and Fall River. He also worked as a traveling salesman throughout the states east of the Mississippi. In 1938, Chuck returned to Fall River to work as a consulting cost accountant with the R.E. Loper Company. His clients included textile mills located in the eastern and southern states as well as Canada.

On September 2, 1940, in Fall River, he married Anna Harkin Burns, who preceded him in death on July 2, 2002.

For many years Chuck worked as a consulting cost accountant, assisting textile mills with cost accounting systems, cost management and standard cost benchmarks. During the World War II years he assisted the War Price Administration with setting cost and pricing standards for textile war production. In 1956, Chuck and his family moved to Manhattan Beach, Calif., where Mr. Burns began work with the U.S. Post Office. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1986 and moved with his wife, Anna, and son, Alan, to Medford to live near his son, Jerry and his family. His daughter, Karen, soon joined the family in Medford.

Chuck was a Roman Catholic and a member of the Sacred Heart Parish in Medford. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus and Moose Lodge in Manhattan Beach and the Monarch Lions Club in Medford.

Throughout his years, Chuck enjoyed his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was an avid exerciser and walker right up to his last days. He was a daily bike rider until about a year ago and was a golfer during his active years. He was a life-long Democrat and was always interested in politics, government and the commonwealth of all.

Chuck's survivors include: three sons, Gerald W. Burns and Alan R. Burns of Medford, and

David B. Burns of Riverside, Calif.; daughter Karen A. Palmer of Medford; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, John Thomas Burns; a brother, Dr. William H. Burns; and sisters, Margaret J. Burns and Eileen M. Blanchette.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Oregon Lions Blind Center, 228 N. Holly St. Medford, OR 97504.

John F. Burns