Austin David Burris, second son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Burris, born September 28, 1926, at Grinnell, Kansas departed this life on June 25, 1946, at the age of 19 years 8 months and 25 days.
Austin lived with his family on the farm west of Gove, attending Pleasant Valley grade school and graduating with the class of 1944 from Gove High School.
On March 7, 1945, Austin joined the Army Air Corps, taking his training at Sheppard Field, Texas, and at Las Vegas, Nevada. Since September, 1945, he has been serving in the Medical Division at Lowry Field, Fort Logan and Buckley Field, at Denver, Colorado.
Austin was always well-liked and admired by his associates in school and church.
Austin had many buddies and liked Army life. He held a corporal rating and had reenlisted for another year.
He leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother, Floyd and Pearl Burris of Grinnell; two brothers, Otis and Kenneth of the home; four sisters, Elizabeth Summers of Grainfield, Doris Summers and Viola Norbeck of Oakley and Mary Jane Burris of Denver; seven nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. An older sister Ida Marie preceded him in death in 1927.
A military funeral was conducted here Friday afternoon for Corporal Austin Burris of the U.S. Army Medical Corps who was killed June 25th when a motorcycle he was riding crashed into the rear of an army truck near an army hospital at Buckley Field, which is not far from Denver, Colorado. He was the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Burris who live west of Gove.
The body was accompanied from Denver to Gove by Corp. V. Minter (Military guard) who is stationed at Buckley Field. Minter's home is in Los Angeles, California.
Paabearers were Richard Roemer, Francis Runyon, Bert Summrs, Harry Roemer, Frank Roemer, Victor Minter.
Members of the color guard included Roy A. Dodrill, R.W. Litson, Donald Moss, Edward E. Gallagher, Wayne S. Beesley.
The sermon was preached by Rev. V.J. Smith, pastor of Gove Methodist church. Hymns were sung by a quartet--Lutie Losey, Lydia Packard, Sanford Powers, J.L. Mendenhall with Mrs. B. B. Bacon of Grainfield accompanying at the piano.
Don Hall, Oakley mortician, handled funeral details. There were many beautiful foral offerings.
A large group of friends gathered to pay last respects to this fine young lad who left us so unexpectedly.
Burial services were at Gove cemetery. B.B. Bacon of Grainfield sounded taps at the grave.
Created by: Brian
Record added: Aug 13, 2006
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