|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1929|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 2010|
Thomas M. Burns was born in El Dorado, Kan., on June 25, 1929, the oldest in a family of two boys and one girl.
All four of his grandparents immigrated to the United States from Ireland in the mid-1800s and homesteaded in the Midwest.
He was very proud of his Irish heritage and grateful that he had several chances to return to the "old country."
Tom graduated from El Dorado High School ('47) and then attended Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He obtained his law degree from the University of Kansas in 1958.
He served as 1st Lt. in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army and was in Korea with the 24th Infantry Division, Yangu, Korea.
He practiced primarily oil and gas law, in both Wichita, Kan., and in Denver, retiring in 1984 as the senior and founding partner of Burns, Wall, Smith and Mueller. He moved to Helena in 2007 to relocate near his daughter.
Tom and his ex-wife, Rosalin, were the proud parents of three children: Peggy and husband, Phil, Deloria (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Betsy and husband, Art Keeler (Helena), and David (Denver).
He frequently bragged about his kids and his two grandchildren, Jackson and Lacey Deloria (Ann Arbor). Tom enjoyed fishing, baseball, a good book and the Thanksgiving holiday. He was a lively conversationalist, loved to tell stories and nearly always had a smile on his face.
He believed the secret to a good life was to be honest and to always do your best. He instilled these beliefs in his children and grandchildren and will be terribly missed by all of them. It is a fitting tribute that he passed on Father's Day, as he was exceptionally committed to his children and grandchildren.
Tom, like his father before him, "stood out among all his fellows by virtue of his geniality and uprightness of his character."
Tom is survived by his children; grandchildren; sister, Kathleen Kaine (Overland Park, Kan.); and brother, Jim Burns (Raytown, Mo.).
At Tom's request, there will be a Mass of Christian burial and interment in El Dorado, Kan., on July 23. There he will rest under the Kansas sunshine and prairie grass of the farm country that he loved so much.
The family is greeting friends locally in Helena at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home on Thursday, June 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Tom's name may be sent to Helena Food Share, 1616 Lewis St., Helena, MT 59601; 443-3663. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.
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He served as 1st Lt. in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Army and was in Korea with the 24th Infantry Division, Yangu, Korea.|
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Added: Feb. 1, 2012