ARTESIAN — William R. Burns, 83, of Artesian, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at his home.
Burial will be held at a later date at Morgan Cemetery, Fedora.
William Robert Burns was born May 12, 1930, at Belevidere, to Frank and Elma (Stanlake) Burns. He was raised in several locations in South Dakota and attended Mitchell High School.
He married Violet Gerstenecker on June 12, 1950, at the Methodist Church in Pipestone, Minn. He worked at various jobs and later as a welder at Trail King in Mitchell. He enjoyed fishing and helping people with work.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Buddy; one infant daughter; and two half-sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Violet of Artesian; two daughters, Betty Eddy of Virginia and Bonnie Kidder of Howard; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
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