Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery

13313 North Kelley, Oklahoma City, OK


Johnny Jay Burns

November 13, 1951February 10, 2020
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Johnny Jay Burns of Oklahoma City OK died peacefully Feb 10, 2020 Monday night at the Integris Hospice Center in Oklahoma City with his family by his side. Johnny was born November 13, 1951.

Johnny was born in Hutchinson, KS to Bud and Dot Burns on November 13, 1951. He went to school at Burrton, KS. He married Myrna Collins on April 11, 1971 in Burrton, KS. They had one child, KC (Burns) Ortega. He married Debbi (Youker) Bowman on May 12, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had one daughter, Sophie Burns and he gained two sons, Thomas and David Bowman. Johnny graduated from US Army Flight School in 1971. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam and was awarded a Silver Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross. He worked as a helicopter pilot for nearly 50 years, including on offshore oil rigs, Alaska bush flying, and medical air transport. He was also an incredible musician who wrote dozens of original songs and lyrics on the guitar.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary Dot Burns and Bud L. C. Burns.

Johnny is survived by his wife Debbi Burns; sons David Bowman, Will Gentry, and Thomas Bowman; daughters K.C. Ortega and Sophie Burns; brother Jim Burns and his wife Coletta; grandchildren Dalton, Cayenne, Noba, Solomon, Marnie, Olivia, and Elliott

Memorials may be given to OMRF in his memory.

The family of Johnny Burns wishes to extend our sincere thanks to his co-workers, the caregivers at INTEGRIS Deaconess Hospital, and those at INTEGRIS Hospice House.


  • David Bowman
  • Will Gentry
  • Thomas Bowman
  • K.C. Ortega
  • Matt Burns
  • Aaron Burns


  • Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Graveside Service Saturday, February 15, 2020


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Jimmy Burns

February 17, 2020

Dear Friends of my only brother, Johnny Burns,

I pray that you peek back on this site & read this! First, if you are wondering if any family members read your messages of comfort, YES!
I was privileged to be Johnny's only brother for 66 years. I didn't just lose a brother last Monday night, Feb. 10, 2020, I lost my best friend & my life long hero. As I read your messages & memories from my hotel room in Hutchinson, KS last night, tears streamed down my cheeks. A HUGE THANKS FROM MY HEART TO YOURS TO ALL OF YOU! I could literally write a book of the events that have taken place from a week ago yesterday when I got the call at my town of Van Wert, OH of Johnny's critical condition, loaded a plane @ Detroit until I officiated Johnny's funeral at OK City & then prayed the committal prayer Sat. at our hometown cemetery at Burrton, KS.
PLEASE reach out to me! My heart is broken. There was only , Mom, Dad & Johnny & me, & I'm the only one left.

I want to HEAR MORE STORIES & how you knew my brother!

Jim C. Burns
10471 Hickory Lane, Apt. 10
Van Wert, OH 45891
Cell: 419-203-4759
Email: jimmycburns@aol.com

PS. Without the support of my lovely wife, Coletta, & our 2 sons, Aaron, Matt & Matt's wife Jenny & our 4 grandkids I could not have done this. Of course, the Lord has been my strength & comfort as well!

Terry Canniff

February 16, 2020

Myself and all the other Burrton kids met Johnny Burns in 1st grade around 1957. We lived and shared most of our young lives together. Ups & downs, good & bad times. He lured me and Linda Clark to Tacoma WA where he was station in the army. After awhile we parted ways and a few years later he lured Linda (wife) and I to Alaska. Oh the adventures!! Johnny was funny, talented, and always made you feel better about yourself. Through out our lives, John has always been a true and close friend. I will miss him dearly, but will forever talk with him. We love you, Johnny. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family.

Russ Bowen

February 13, 2020

Johnny was one of the good ones! I had the pleasure to know him coming from work as a pilot (of which he was a professional). From that activity we came to know one another and he became a friend.

His journey of life was with a great deal of hard work. He was one having love for his family and was a friend to many. May he now be at peace and have some well deserved rest.

Be seeing ya' Johnny Burns (Burton Kansas)

Carol Cox Lee

February 13, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Johnny B, during our LifeWatch days, in Wichita Ks. Great pilot to work with. He would walk into the dispatch center and say Howdy and I would say hey Johnny B. May you continue to fly high Johnny B.

Big Dave Unruh

February 13, 2020

only knew Johnny for about eight years in Burrton schools. Cannot remember ever hearing a bad word about him. Was always a center of attention when he was in a room. A good laugh and inclination to sing. Remember him singing "Danny Boy"
RIP and fly high

Tom & Irene Sparks

February 13, 2020

Johnny was my (Irene Lane) 3 rd cousin. I remember seeing him when his family made a trip to WA via train when he was a teenager. Last time I saw him was when I made a trip back to show my kids where I grew up as a kid.

Jim Wagstaff

February 13, 2020

Like talking about whatever with Johnny and reminiscing about our times at Fort Riley. He was one of the great ones.

James Brigida

February 13, 2020

Johnny was the best story teller...ever ! He would put on a pot of coffee with way too much Chicory in it , and we would talk for hours. We would talk about his time in the military , in Alaska -and why everyone drove Suburus there, and just talk about life. He was the best ! the most down to earth, real man. He had a a way of relating to you even if you had nothing in common. Love you Johnny !

Heather Teer

February 13, 2020

Johnny you were an amazing pilot, musician and person🌺❤️🐾 I am going to miss my guitar concerts over the phone..... You will be dearly missed hun and I am sending all my love to the family, friends & coworkers 🌺❤️🐾🚁

"Show you lifting for the last time sir"

-Heather Teer
Texas FlightComm Forever

Marla Wehrer

February 13, 2020

This guy was a such an amazing person. Yes he was a great pilot, and kept us safe so we could go home every night to our families, but he had a wonderful heart and attitude about life. I loved hearing his stories, and he could always put a smile on our faces. Fly high Johnny Burns. We will always remember you in our heart.❤️

Sincerely yours,
Marla Wehrer