DeForest-John Richard Burns, age 83, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, July 2, 2018 at his home in DeForest. He was born on March 14, 1935 in Madison, WI, the son of Peter and Regina (Leary) Burns. He married the love of his life, Patricia (Treinen) Burns, on July 9, 1968 in Madison. John graduated from Arena High School in 1953 at which time he entered the United States Marine Corps with his best friend Roscoe Sawle and proudly served 3 years in Korea as a radio telegraph operator. He worked as a Teamster at Certco for 30 years where he retired in 1998. John was an avid sports fan and bookie. He especially enjoyed watching the Badgers, Packers and Cardinals. John loved his weekly bets on NASCAR with his son Mike and the frequent Euchre tournaments with his son Marc. One of the best days in John’s life came in 2014 when he was able to participate in the Badger Honor Flight with his daughter Kate.
John is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Deb Evans (Dave Evert) of Madison, Kate (Ray) Mayne of Madison, John (Ann) Burns of Sarasota, FL, Mike (Debbie Fahey) of Windsor, Joe of Sun Prairie and Marc of DeForest; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Sharon McCarthy and brother, Peter (Jean) Burns.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Alice Annen, Mary Schmid and Barbara Moyer; brothers, Bob, Roy, Harold, Paul and Jim; and great grandson, Mason Dalton.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday, July 6, 2018 at ST PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N Sherman Ave, Madison, with Msgr. Charles Schluter presiding and Fr. Fr. Roger Nilles concelebrating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9am until the time of service. Burial will take place at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Lodi.
The family would like to thank special niece and nurse Melissa Treinen, Dr. Turner and staff, Dr. Caropreso and staff, Dr. Phelan and all the staff at Agrace Hospice for all their care and support.
God be with you until we meet again. Semper Fi Marine.
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