Vernon L. Burns, 91, of Rapid City, died March 26, 2012 at Fort Meade V.A. Medical Center.
Vernon was born December 26, 1920, at Philip to John and Nellie (Phillips) Burns. He grew up in the Hilland and Ash Creek areas and graduated from Philip High School in 1940.
He entered the U.S. Navy and served on the aircraft carrier USS Vella Gulf during the Mariana Islands and Okinawa campaigns of WWII.
He married Dorothy M. Carlson on January 21, 1944, at Rapid City. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and attended Moeler’s Barber School at Spokane, Wash.