Harold J. Burns, 78

Harold Jay Burns, 78, of Wabash, died at 9:13 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 at Vibra Hospital of Fort Wayne.  He was born Oct. 23, 1936 in East Point, Ky., to Carl and Virgie (Bolen) Burns.

Harold married JoAnn Berry in Wabash on Feb. 3, 1956.  He retired from U.S. Gypsum in Wabash after 40 years.  He was a member of the Wabash Moose Lodge.  He enjoyed working on the homes he owned and his rental properties.  Harold also enjoyed spending the winter months in Inverness, Florida.  He lived in Wabash since 1953.

He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Burns, and three children, Harold "David" (Rhonda) Burns, Sr., Barbara (Ricky) Nelson, and Colleen (Michael) Wilcox, all of Wabash, seven grandchildren, Heather (Rick) Gaines and Nikki (Greg) Andrews, both of Huntington, Harold David Burns Jr., Jake (April) Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Ricky (Brenda) Sears, and Justin (Cara) Wilcox, all of Wabash, 11 great-grandchildren, two brothers, Corbitt (Debra) Burns and Roy Lee (Nancy) Burns, both of Paintsville, Ky., and his sister, Magdalene Blackburn of Kentucky; six sisters-in-law, Pat Copeland, Mary Ward, and Betty Simpson, all of Wabash, Ruby Burns and Sharon Burns, both of Paintsville, and Pat Burns of Columbus, Ohio. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, and one sister.

Funeral services will be 2pm Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Ave., Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating.  Entombment will be in the Chapel of Remembrance Mausoleum at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 2-8 pm Thursday at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for Harold may be signed at


Posted on 2015 Oct 06