GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                                              Tuesday, April 15, 2003

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Thomas F. Burns

   CHINOOK -- Marine veteran Thomas F. Burns, 83, of Chinook, a farmer and rancher, died Friday at his home of natural causes.

   Memorial graveside services are 2 p.m. May 24 in Kuper Memorial Cemetery. Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook is handling arrangements.

   Survivors include a daughter, Linda Sharples of Chinook; a son, Thomas F. Burns Jr. of Denver; a sister, Harriet Kuhr of Great Falls; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

   His wife, Ethel Burns, died in 1989.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS                                                                      Tuesday, April 15, 2003 ==============================================================

THOMAS BURNS


Burns

   Thomas Francis Burns, 83, a former U.S. Marine pilot and retired Hereford breeder and rancher, died on Friday, April 11, 2003, at his home in Chinook of natural causes.

   A memorial service will be May 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

   Thomas was born at the family ranch near Lohman on Jan. 28, 1920, and graduated from Chinook High School in 1938. He attended Montana State College in Bozeman in 1942 and earned a bachelor of science degree in botany and bacteriology.

   Thomas married Ethel Graybill of Great Falls in May of 1943. He was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1943, where he served as a flight instructor and spent time in the Philippines and China as a fighter pilot. He was honorably discharged as a captain in 1945.

   After returning from the service, Thomas spent his life on the Clear Creek Hereford Ranch, successfully raising purebred Herefords and grass and alfalfa seed production. He was active in the Montana Stockgrowers Association, National Cattleman's Association, director of the Montana Seed Growers Association, supervisor of Blaine County Soil and Water Conservation District, director of General Agriculture Corp., Blaine County Farm Bureau, Northcentral Montana Land and Mineral Owners Association, executive board of Northern Montana College, Masonic Lodge, past Master, Shrine, American Legion, past commander, Chinook Chamber of Commerce and Chinook School Board.

   Thomas retired in 1990 and moved to Kalispell, where he was involved with the Shrine Club and Soaring Society. He returned to Chinook in 2001.

   Memorials are suggested to the Chinook Lodge #50 or the Shrine Hospital.

   Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Harry L. and Hulda Burns; wife, Ethel Burns in 1989; and brother, Richard.

   Survivors include his son, Thomas F. (Joan) Burns Jr. of Denver; daughter, Linda (Robert) Sharples of Chinook; sister, Harriet (William) Kuhr of Great Falls; six grandchildren; and four great-granddaughters.

   Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home.

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                           Wednesday, April 16, 2003

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Tom Burns

   Thomas Francis “Tom” Burns, 83, a former U.S. Ma­rine pilot and retired Hereford breeder/rancher, died of natural causes at his home in Chinook on Friday, April 11, 2003. A memorial service is planned for May 24, at 2:00 p.m. at the Ku-per Memorial Cemetery. Memo­rials are suggested to the Chi­nook Lodge #50 or the Shrine Hospital. Funeral arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home of Chinook.

   Tom was born to Harry and Hulda Burns on January 28, 1920, at the family ranch near Lohman. He graduated from Chinook High School in 1938 and from Montana State College in Bozeman in 1942 with a BS degree in Botany and Bacteriol­ogy. In May of 1943 he married Ethel Graybill of Great Falls.

   In 1943 Tom was commis­sioner in the U.S. Marine Corp and served as a flight instructor, then spent time in the Philippi­nes and China as a fighter pilot. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain in

1945.

   After returning from the serv­ice, he spent his life on the Clear Creek Hereford Ranch, success­ fully raising purebred Herefords. He also went into grass and al­falfa seed production. He was active in the Montana Stock-growers Association, the Na­tional Cattlemen’s Association, was a director of the Montana Seed Growers Association, a supervisor of the Blame County Soil and Water Conservation District, a director with the Gen­eral Agriculture Corp., the Blame County Farm Bureau, the Northcentral Montana Land and Mineral Owners Association, the Executive Board of Northern Montana College, the Masonic Lodge (past Master), Shrine, American Legion (past Com­mander), the Chinook Chamber of Commerce and the Chinook School Board.

   In 1990 Tom retired and moved to Kalispell, returning to Chinook in 2001. While he was in Kalispell he was involved with the Shrine Club and the Soaring Society.

   Survivors include a son Thomas F. Burns, Jr. and his wift Joan of Denver, CO; a daughter. Linda Sharples, and her husband Robert of Chinook; a sister. Harriet Kuhr and her husband William of Great Falls; five grandsons, Chris Burns of Chi­cago; Paul Burns of Portland, Tim Burns of Denver, Judson Sharples of Boise, and Evan Sharples of Denver; one grand­daughter, Sonia Swank of Chi­nook; and four great granddaugh­ters.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry L. and Hulda Burns; his wife Ethel in 1989; and a brother, Richard.

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