Nelson-Bauer Funeral Homes

John L. Burrous John L. Burrous
(October 21, 1930 - September 8, 2007)

U.S. Veteran Funeral Services for John F. Burrous will be conducted from the Hope Lutheran Church of rural Smithfield, Nebraska on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 4:00 p.m. with Reverend Cathi Braasch, officiating. Following the traditional funeral services, cremation will take place.

John Francis Burrous, 76 years of age, of Bertrand, Nebraska, passed away on Saturday, September 8, 2007 at the Bertrand Nursing Home. John was born into a large family on October 21, 1930 at Denver, Colorado. As an infant, John and his siblings were orphaned at the Denver Train Station. The seven children made their home at an Orphanage in Denver. At two years of age, John was kidnapped from the Orphanage and taken to New York City. Later in years, he was adopted by the Baxter family of Brighton, Colorado. During his teenage years, John was adopted by James C. and Edith M. (Owen) Burrous. John received his education at Brighton, graduating from Brighton High School with the class of 1951. Following his education, John served his country in the United States Coast Guard and later the United States Navy during the Korean and Vietnam Wars until his honorable discharge.

John was united in marriage to Eloise Hall and to this union four children were born: Jackie, Edie, Denise and John, Jr. The family made their home in Michigan.

Later in years, John returned to Denver where he would meet his future wife, Linda Marie Williamson. On August 24, 1974, they were united in marriage and the couple made their home in Aurora, Colorado. John adopted Linda’s two children: Terri and Jon, Jr. In 1993, John and Linda would adopt another precious child, Kim. Through the years, John was employed as an Electrician wiring several hotels and motels in Colorado. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a machinist making ranching tack. In 1999, John and Linda moved to Bertrand where he resided until his passing. During the past five years, he was surrounded by his loving family during his failing health. John received wonderful care by the staff of the Bertrand Nursing Home.

He loved to put together model ships, watching westerns (especially John Wayne movies), and first and foremost in his life was his family. He was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife, Linda of Bertrand; five daughters: Jackie Fisher of Michigan, Edie Tchida and her husband, Brad of Hancock, Michigan, Denise Melton of South Range, Michigan, Terri Trunkenbolz and her husband, Lee of Bertrand and Kim Burrous of Kearney, Nebraska; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Bonnie Polk of Boulder, Colorado; brother, James Burrous of Kentucky; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, and one sister, Mildred.

John will lie in state at the Sandstrom Funeral Home in Bertrand on Monday, September 10, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. with the family greeting from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

A memorial has been established in his memory.

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The Sandstrom Funeral Home in Bertrand is in charge of the arrangements.