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Vernon L. Burns

December 26, 1920 - March 26, 2012

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.
He operated a barber shop at Miles City, Mont., for four years, then returned to his parents’ farm for a few years. They moved to Rapid City in 1956 and purchased a barber shop, named it Vern’s Barber Shop, and he retired in 1986.
Vernon was a member of First Baptist Church, life member of VFW Post 1273, and had a talent for singing. He shared his voice in his church choir, Rapid City Choral Club, funerals, weddings and many events. He traveled extensively, all over the world.
Vernon is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Kelly (Mary) Burns of Washington.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2001, his infant son in 1944, his infant daughter in 1953, his brother, Robert “Bob,” in 1972, his mother in 1974, his father in 1982, and his brother, Melvin, in 1983.
Services were held Friday, March 30, at the Kirk Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gregg Hemmen officiating.
Interment with military honors by VFW Post 1273 and the S.D. Army National Guard was at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A memorial has been established for Missions of First Baptist Church.
Friends may sign Vernon’s online guestbook at www.kirkfuneralhome.com.