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December 18, 2012
Messenger News

CARLINVILLE, Ill. - James F. Burns, age 86 of Carlinville passed away peacefully December 15, 2012.

Jim was born November 20, 1926, in Kansas City, MO, a son of James F. and Mabel (Hatch) Burns. Jim married Janet (Steed) November 23, 1957. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister.

Jim proudly served two years in the Navy during World War II. Jim worked in the auto industry at the time that he moved to Carlinville in 1959. He was owner of Carlinville Motors, which burned to the ground in 1966, and then served as general manager for Starr Brothers Motors. Later he worked for Schien Body and Equipment in Carlinville.

Jim was member of Ss Mary & Joseph Catholic Church and very active with the Carlinville Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight at one time and also as treasurer (bingo) for many years. He was a loyal fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Fighting Illini. Jim enjoyed attending the Carlinville Senior Citizens Club and loved playing bridge and cribbage.

Surviving are his wife, Janet Burns, sons, Tim (Kris) Burns of Ft. Dodge, IA and Dan (Gia) Burns of Los Altos, CA, daughter, Colleen (Mark) Murphy of Seattle, WA, six grandchildren Shelby, Keaton, Helen, Daniel, Molly, and Samantha, brother, Don (Sue) Burns. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Ss Mary & Joseph Catholic Church building fund, Knights of Columbus or the American Cancer Society.

Please visit to leave condolences or light a candle in his memory.



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