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Zechar Bailey Funeral Home

1499 N Broadway Po Box 337, Greenville, OH

OBITUARY

Wayne E Burns

18 July , 194018 September , 2019
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Wayne E. Burns age 79, of Greenville passed away at 9:06 AM on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, at his residence. Wayne was born July 18, 1940, in Bradford to the late Truman O. & Bertha L. (Miller) Burns. In addition to his parents, Wayne was also preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Burns; and sister, Marcella Finnell. Wayne is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judy (Burris) Burns whom he married August 14, 1959; children, Tina Weaver of Greenville, George & Casey Elliott of Columbus and Jerrod & Andrea Martin of Rossburg; 8 grandchildren; brothers & sisters-in-law, Chester & Diana Burns of Arcanum and Robert & Shirley Burns of Union City, Indiana; sister& brother-in-law, Miriam & Dale Holler of Troy; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Wayne retired in 2002 from Whirlpool in Greenville with 37 years of service. He was a 1958 graduate of Gettysburg High School and was part of the breakfast bunch. Wayne, along with his wife was a member of the Ohio Gourd Society. He loved feeding and watching birds from his numerous bird feeders. Wayne was always a giver of his time, helping anyone and expecting nothing in return. A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Dr. Fred Bernhard officiating. Burial will follow in Gettysburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. The family request that everyone dresses casual for both Monday and Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shawnee Prairie Preserve c/o Darke County Parks 4267 State Route 502 Greenville, OH 45331 or the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation 1225 Dublin Rd. Suite 125 Columbus, OH 43215.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, 23 September , 2019
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, 24 September , 2019

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Dave Korns

19 September 2019

Right now it’s so hard for me to find the words! Some will never know the importance this man played in my life! Not only as a coworker but more as a friend! He and his family were gifts to me in my heart and soul! We had so many happy and fun times together as friends, family, and especially Wayne and I as “partners in chaos”!

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Biography

“Anything is possible.” That is what Wayne E Burns believed about life. He was a creative man, a perpetual inventor, who seemed to be able to find a solution for any difficulty confronting him. He had faith in his ability to find those solutions. Wayne thoroughly enjoyed understanding how things worked. He possessed an inquisitive, confident, and rational nature matched with a versatile and agile mind. Wayne was a person who believed that he could achieve whatever he set out to do.

      Wayne was born on July 18, 1940 at home at 7689 Etter Rd, Bradford, Ohio. His parents were Truman and Bertha (Miller) Burns. Wayne was raised at 7689 Etter Rd. He showed his ingenuity even as a child. When he was confronted with a problem, Wayne could develop an imaginative solution, and he derived satisfaction from knowing he had that ability.

      This same talent for finding solutions had a positive bearing on Wayne's family relationships. Wayne was raised with five siblings. He had two older brothers, Chester and Bob, one younger brother, Gerald, one older sister, Marcella, and one younger sister, Miriam. When a difficult situation or dilemma arose within the family, Wayne was always there to help figure out a solution for making things work.

      As a young boy, Wayne could be found building and inventing new and different things. He was curious, resourceful and interested in anything original. He was a member of FFA. Wayne's memorable moments was that he loved to work and do chores for his dad. He was his dad's pride and joy until he discovered girls and cars.

      Endowed with an appetite for knowing how his world worked, Wayne enjoyed school, especially when the learning experience involved dissecting and probing the unknown. Wayne was adept at scrutinizing different possibilities and designing innovative solutions. He graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1958. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was FFA. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. James McComas. Wayne once took a mouse to school in a shoe box. When the teacher wasn't looking, he put the mouse on her desk. No one told her where the mouse came from.

      Wayne was socially resourceful, an expressive person who was willing to try new things. These qualities drew a lively circle of friends around him. Always interested in his friends’ activities and interests, Wayne was uncritical of his acquaintances. He was sought after by people who recognized that he was generous with his time and energy, and these same friends found Wayne to be very stimulating company. Wayne's humor and curiosity were contagious for those around him. While growing up, some of his best friends were Luther (Squeek) Strobel and Bill Harmon. Later in life, he became friends with Park Sabroff and Dave Korns, and continued to be best friends with Squeek and Judy Strobel.

      On August 14, 1959 Wayne exchanged wedding vows with Judy Ann Burris at Oakland Church of the Brethren of Bradford, Ohio. Wayne was adept at devising original and creative ways to enhance and improve the marriage partnership. Wayne was seldom a critical person, but rather the one who was able to bring out the best in others. Wayne was an entertaining conversationalist who was quick to respond to his spouse’s needs. He was a vibrant personality and he enjoyed verbally sparring with Judy. In fact, those who knew him often remarked that Wayne loved to argue for argument’s sake. He was very perceptive in recognizing others’ feelings, especially regarding Judy's.

      Wayne's remarkable talent for being inventive influenced his relationship with his children. He would create original, clever and fun games for his kids and had a knack for finding ways to make everyday events, even chores, enjoyable to them. Wayne was blessed with three children, two sons, George and Jerrod, and one daughter, Tina. They were also blessed with eight grandchildren, Thomas, Timothy, Mason, Ben, Teague, Kayla, Trent, and Trever. Someone who was quick to laugh, Wayne found it easy to spend lots of time with his children, but he was never overbearing or guilty of pushing himself on them.

      As a born inventor, Wayne was definitely in his element in his work place. He could easily create new and innovative systems, and incorporate those changes to bring a fresh approach to any work situation. Wayne was a focused worker with a strong drive for achievement. He could assess all of the options before him and, using his analytical skills, could comfortably find answers that no one else had even considered. His personal initiative inspired those around him. Wayne was always good at getting a project started and then, at the appropriate time, handing it on to a colleague. His primary occupation was a Group Leader. He was employed for 37 years at Whirlpool. Wayne always made an effort to be a team player, doing what needed was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Wayne's passion for finding a better way to do things was often an end in itself for him. In fact, that interest by itself became something of a hobby for this perpetual problem solver. Since Wayne was always searching for new and unusual activities, he developed many interests and leisure pursuits. Some of the things he became an “expert” in might come as a surprise to those who knew him, but most friends and family understood that Wayne simply couldn’t be limited to just a few activities or ideas. His favorite pursuits was helping family and friends.

      Wayne's calm demeanor and eternally positive outlook served him well in sports. Recreational sports included golf and hiking. Wayne was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was Ohio State Football.

      Wayne's talents were well suited for being actively involved in professional and community organizations, something he did throughout his life. He enjoyed being involved and was willing to jump in and help out in most any situation. Wayne could bring a breath of fresh air to any organization, simply by introducing his novel ideas and problem solving strategies. In high school, Wayne was a member of the FFA. Throughout his later years, Wayne was an active member of the Ohio Gourd Society.

      Wayne was continually concerned with the status of local, national and even world affairs. His keen interest and strong values led him to become active in his community. Politically, Wayne was a Republican in his early adult years and later in life he had no political party.

      Faith and religion were important to Wayne. He was a member of the Oakland Church of the Brethren thru childhood and early adult life.

      Having the opportunity to visit and explore a new place always intrigued Wayne. Traveling and going away on vacations offered yet another opportunity for Wayne to expand his ever-growing inventory of knowledge. Favorite vacations included camping, boating and water skiing at Lake Dale Hollow in Tennessee.

      Wayne was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. Wayne had dogs; Bimbo, Susie, Brandy, Spike and Bubbles and cats; Buffy, Poo, Misty, Midnight, KC (Killer Cat) as she brought all her kills up for us to see. Brandy and Bubbles were both German Shepherds and they were his favorites. They were best friends for 14 years for both at different times. His family was rounded out by his fish in tanks we had while our children were growing up.

      Even while in retirement, Wayne never stopped exercising his inventive talents, and this new phase of his life provided new opportunities for stimulating his interests. In 2002 from Whirlpool, his new life involved doing things at home and helping family and friends. In retirement, he found new pleasure in helping family and friends cut down trees, build cabins and clean out buildings for family. Even in retirement, Wayne continued to stay in touch with his old friends and while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in the community and felt fulfilled.

      Wayne passed away on September 18, 2019 at home at 6702 Arcanum Bears Mill Rd, Greenville, Ohio. Wayne fought a brave battle with depression for many years. He is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Tina Weaver, George and Casey Elliott, and Jerrod and Andrea Martin; 8 grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Chester and Diana Burns, Robert and Shirley Burns, and Miriam and Dale Holler; numerous nieces, nephew, great-nieces and great-nephews. Services were held at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home. Wayne was laid to rest in Gettysburg Cemetery in Gettysburg, Ohio.

      During his lifetime, nothing appeared impossible to Wayne. He met the words “it can’t be done” with the enthusiastic challenge of a “wanna bet” attitude. Wayne was able to recognize the possibilities a new idea held, even when those around him could not. For Wayne, the traditional way of doing things fell short of his expectations, especially if there were original and untested methods for handling a challenge. For Wayne E Burns, the fun of living his life could be found in the challenge.