Thomas P. Burns, 77, of Fremont, OH passed away peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, September 30, 2014 at his home. Tom was born on March 25, 1937 to the late Robert H. and Esther M. (Mitchell) Burns. He was a graduate of St. Joseph High School in 1955 and Tiffin University in 1957. He joined the Army Reserves and was activated in 1961-62 during the Cuba crisis.
Tom was co-owner of Burns Iron & Metal Co. Inc. along with his father and two brothers, retiring in 1997. He also was a co-owner of Home Supply Center Co. Inc. with son, Brian Burns. He was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church. Tom most enjoyed being at the “FARM”, where he spent many hours with his dog, Duke. Tom’s favorite pastime was duck hunting. He traveled to Canada for over forty years hunting diver ducks with his family. Tom was a member of the DeMars Point Hunting & Fishing Club for 39 years. He was also a member of WR Hunt Club, Rockwell Springs Trout Club, and Knights of Columbus. Tom enjoyed fishing for largemouth bass at the POND, and perch on Lake Erie. Tom was very proud of receiving his pilot’s licenses in the early 1960’s.
A lifelong resident of Fremont, Tom was married to Barbara A. Leite on May 21, 1960, who preceded him in death on May 31, 2001. He married Margaret A. Koch on May 14, 2005 and she survives.
Tom is survived by his children, Craig (Gail) Burns of Mason, OH, Brian (Denise) Burns and Doug (Chris) Burns, both of Fremont, OH; six grandchildren, Eric Thomas, Jennifer Lynn, Aaron Caleb, Ashley Ann, Nathaniel Thomas and Kimberly Ann; three step children, Kimberly Koch, Erin Koch and Tony Koch; siblings, Ruth A. Hakes, Judith C. Sevitts, and David R. Burns, all of Fremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Barbara Burns; sister, Jean M. Forsythe; infant sister, Helen Rose Burns; and brother, Robert W. Burns.
Visitation: Monday, October 6, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home & Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH.
Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, October 7, 2014; 10:30 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 709 Croghan St., Fremont, OH. Fr. Michael Zacharias will be officiating.
Burial: St. Joseph Cemetery, Fremont, OH
Memorials: Hospice of Memorial Hospital
Online Condolences: www.whhfh.com
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Craig, Brian and Doug –
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My thoughts are with you and your family during these difficult times.
Aunt Margaret, Aunt Judy, Aunt Ruth and grandpa, Craig, Brian and Doug,
I am sorry to hear about Uncle Tom’s passing. He was an awesome Great-Uncle who taught me how to call for ducks and play fetch with Duke at The Farm. I will forever miss him. And Aunt Margaret I may not know you as well I should, but I am proud to call you my aunt and would Love to thank you from coming into my Uncle’s life. Love you all.
~*~ Sam, Lucian, and Annette Burns~*~
Dear Uncle Tom,
We are really going to miss you!
Robert (slick), Kim, Luke
Margaret, my sincere sympathy in the passing of Tom. Roger and my prayers and thoughts are with you.
Jim, Karen Leite
Craig, Doug, Brian,
You guys are in our prayers and thoughts. Our recent loss of mom was a experience that created a very sad hard situation for us. We can really associate with your loss. Hope you all are able to move forward with a easy adjustment period. We are sorry to hear of his passing. Take care.
Just heard about Tom. So sorry for you loss.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Mary and Jack G from New Mexico
Lisa Spieldenner Johnson
Brian, Craig, and Doug , so sorry to hear about the passing of your Dad. Our sympathy and prayers our with your family.
Lisa & Ted Johnson.