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William Emry Burnes
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1894
Batavia
Jefferson County
Iowa, USA
Death: Mar. 13, 1956
Napa
Napa County
California, USA

William Emry Burnes. A World War I Naval Hero, The city Sheriff, a Free Mason, a violinist, a successful Business Owner, a Deep Sea Fisherman, an Honest man, Hard working & intelligent. He was a man who had carried the heavy load of his family, through the death of his father during the time of the Great Depression. He was the oldest of 8 children, and without hesitation, he took on the responsibility to support his mother, brothers and sisters and their spouses through the painful years of the depression. A second cousin confirmed this, stating "he even made sure his sisters and sister in laws had beautiful hats and shoes to wear." At the age of 37, when all of his siblings were able to make it on their own, he married his first wife, Kathryn Fleig. The short marriage of 3 years ended when he noted in the divorce papers that he stayed faithful for the space of 3 years awaiting her return. The papers also stated this small but very important detail "no children were born to this marriage". For unknown reasons, she had left him and never came back. Heartbroken by this tragedy he removed himself from the "normal" way life should be, and focused on living an honest life as the local town Sheriff and Business Owner. It was eleven years later that he would meet Ruth Imogene Adams in Batavia, Iowa. He was 49 years old, she was 18, the perfect match separated by 31 years. Yes, this was not the typical story for most of our grandparents, but this was mine, and one that I am very proud of. 
 
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 Parents:
  George Fredrick Burnes (1866 - 1924)
  Nina Isabelle Bradshaw Burnes (1868 - 1940)
 
 Spouse:
  Ruth Imogene Adams Burnes (1923 - 2011)*
 
 Children:
  Sandra Kay Burnes (1946 - 1946)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary E. Burnes (1892 - 1893)*
  William Emry Burnes (1894 - 1956)
  Ross Edward Burnes (1898 - 1922)*
  Nellie Leota Burnes Henry (1902 - 1976)*
  Paul Herod Burnes (1904 - 1904)*
  Robert Orville Burns (Burnes) (1905 - 1950)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tulocay Cemetery
Napa
Napa County
California, USA
 
Created by: Sarah Burnes-Heiner
Record added: Jun 24, 2009
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William Emry Burnes
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William Emry Burnes
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William Emry Burnes
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 Added: Jul. 3, 2009
 
 
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