OBITUARY

David Burlison

March 2, 1947December 23, 2013
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David Darvin Burlison who was passionate about flying and HAM radios died at his home on December 23, 2013. His journey began on March 2, 1947, when he was born in Thompsonville, Illinois, to Elmer and Marjorie (Downen) Burlison. He enjoyed basketball, HAM radio and his ’65 Chevy during his teenage years graduating from Thompsonville High School in 1965. He soon left for FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. to apply his HAM radio skills while attending Georgetown University. He then attended Southern Illinois University that brought new experiences to his life, which included marriage to Diana Thomann, pursuing his pilot’s license and a new son– Steve. With degree in-hand he moved to Peoria, Illinois, with his young family and began his career as an automotive and aviation ground-school teacher at Limestone Community High School. After receiving his master’s degree from Illinois State University he joined WABCO as a training instructor traveling the world. His second son, Ryan, was born. He later joined Komatsu before opening his own business– Burlison International Training, Inc., in Atlanta. David is survived by his wife, Diana (Thomann) Burlison; sons Stephen (Tracy) and Ryan (Paula) both of Columbia and one grandson, Dane, two sisters; Pat Harper of Trivoli and Diane Hand of Christopher, Illinois. He’s also survived by seven nieces and nephews as well as a host of relatives and friends who all mourn his passing. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the American Diabetes Association. Winkenhofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home, 2950 North Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, GA 30152. 770-422-7299.

Online condolences may be made at www.winkenhoferpineridgefuneralhome.com

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Brad Simpson

August 10, 2014

To the Burlison family. I am so sorry to learn of the passing of David. We knew each other from grade school all through high school. I joined the Navy out of hivh school and we lost contact. I have wondered about him many times. He was a good guy and a hard worker. God bless.

Linda Quintana

January 3, 2014

Diana and family,

I want to send along my sincere sympathy for David's passing. He was a wonderful man and was always so thoughtful with the ladies in the Komatsu Training Dept. He would always bring us gifts from the foreign lands we sent him to. I have them all and think of him every time I use any of them. He will be dearly missed by the Komatsu family and me. Again, I am truly sorry for your loss and pray that you find comfort in your faith and memories of him in the days and years to come.

Sincerely,
Linda Quintana

Jim Lidgard

December 30, 2013

My condolences to the Burlison Family, so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Dave was a great person, worked with Dave for several years in Service Training, publications. Dave will be greatly missed.

karen malmgren

December 30, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you Diana. May you and your family find comfort in the days ahead.

Jack Bouchez

December 29, 2013

Mrs. Burlison,
Mr. Burlison was my auto shop teacher for 4 years at Limestone. I learned a lot from him and became an engineer in the Navy. I will always remember him.

Richard Holtman

December 29, 2013

My condolences on Dave's passing. I was a student when he came to Limestone in his auto and engines classes, as well as the industrial arts clubs that he assisted with. He was our coach and inspiration in the Plymouth Troubleshooting Contest. He had an impact on my life and eventual career, and he will be remembered.

Marilee Wilkinson

December 28, 2013

Mrs. Burlison,
I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I will never forget his kindnesses toward me in assisting me on my journey to China. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family right now. May the Lord give you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Gary & Sarah Wilkinson

December 28, 2013

Diana and family,
We are very sorry to hear of Dave's passing. I didn't get to see him but Sarah told me she got to talk to him during his latest visit to Peoria. He was a great Instructor and well respected by his students. He will be missed by all.

December 28, 2013

Diane,
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at the sad time. I remember my majorette days at Limestone and thought highly of both you and David. I remember babysitting Stephen in his early years. God bless you and your family.
Sincerely,
Mary (Heuermann) Venzon
West Peoria

Sharon Resler

December 27, 2013

Diane and Sons, Sorry to hear of David's passing. I remember both of you from Peoria and watching Stephen at your home on Airport Rd when he was a baby. Former Limestone student.