|Birth: ||Dec. 31, 1936|
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 2008|
Mr. Thomas Delos Burns, of Yukon, OK, lived his life with one philosophy, 'To live a life of giving, and to make a mark by serving.' Throughout his life, Tom exemplified a selfless heart made evident by his extraordinary service to his family, friends, and country. Tom was born December 31, 1936 in Concho, Oklahoma. His life ended on January 12, 2008. He grew up in the El Reno area, and attended school at Darlington, Concho and El Reno. Upon graduation from El Reno High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving in the Marines, Tom went on to serve his country for 20 years in the U.S. Army. During his tenure, he was a paratrooper, and he completed four tours in the Vietnam War before retiring with a rank of Staff Sergeant First Class. Following his Army retirement, Tom attended Haskell Junior College and Baker University, where he earned his B.S. degree in Business. Tom eventually moved back to Oklahoma, and worked as a Native American Higher Education Director. A hallmark of his career is the Cheyenne-Arapaho Education Trust, which Tom proposed and pioneered, making it possible for countless tribal members to attend schools of higher education. While maintaining his position, Tom completed his Master's degree in Education from Southwestern State University. Tom also worked writing grants, while working closely with the B.I.A. At the time of his death, he was working as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. He was also a member or the American Legion, the V.F.W., the Oklahoma Vietnam Vets 101st, and a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Betsy Burns; his father, Frank Buffalo; his sister, LaVonna Buffalo; and his brother, Benjamin Buffalo. He is survived by his wife, Tina Hionas Burns of the home; his daughters, LaVonna Key-Burns and husband Gary of Midway, Tennessee, and Rebecca Burns of Santa Barbara, California; his son, James Siderias of Oklahoma City; his granddaughter, Mnisha Burns-Sanchez of Santa Barbara, California; his sisters, Susie Hughes of New Mexico and Roberta Burns Wermy and husband Glenn of Clinton, Oklahoma; his brother, Bobby Mack Blackwolf of Gracemont, Oklahoma; and many nieces, nephews, and countless friends. Wake services will be from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. Tuesday, January 15th, in the Concho Community Center. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, January 16, 2008, in the Wesley United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Concho Cemetery with Military Honors. Services are under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home. He will be loved, missed, and remembered as a husband, father, and ever-faithful friend. The family suggests memorials be made to the Voice of Democracy and the Patriot Pin Scholarship Fund, in care of V.F.W. Post 382, P.O. Box 215, El Reno, Oklahoma 73036.
Created by: GG
Record added: Jan 15, 2008
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