1925 - October 13, 2012
Nelson Wayne Burrus, 87, of Canon City, passed away Oct. 13, 2012, at the Bruce McCandless Veterans Home in Florence, Colorado.
He was born on March 28, 1925 in Fayette County, rural Herrick, Ill., to Lane and Kathryn (Simmons) Burrus.
Nelson enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during his senior year, and upon graduation from Herrick High School in 1943, he left to serve his country. He served in the South Pacific during World War II.
Nelson was stationed at various bases in the U.S., but Lowry Air Force Base in Denver was his favorite. He decided that, if possible, he would one day return to live in Colorado.
On October 26, 1946, Nelson married his high school sweetheart Lillian Horn. The couple moved to Galesburg, Ill., where he attended the Galesburg Division of the University of Illinois.
He later worked for Butler Manufacturing Company both in the plant and later in the Engineering Department as a draftsman for nine years.
The family moved to Indian Hills, Colorado in 1961. Nelson worked first as a draftsman and then in construction, later becoming self-employed.
Nelson’s hobbies included reading, gardening, playing cards, hiking in the hills and making furniture. He was a member of the Christian Church, the American Legion Post No. 0839, and a life-time member of the Clover Leaf Masonic Lodge No. 990, all of Herrick, Illinois.
Mr. Burrus is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lillian; daughters Cheryl (Ned) Miller, of Canon City, and Patricia Burrus, of Denver; grandchildren Shane (Connie) Hansen, of El Cajon, Calif., Shaundra (Roy) Lantzy, of Greeley, and Shaunen Hansen (fiancée Christina Morales), of Alexandria, Va.; and great grandchildren Timothy, Samantha, Taylor, Alexa and Riley. He is also survived by two sisters, Marcella Sarver, of Herrick, Ill., and Genevieve (James) Welsh, of Shelbyville, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Nelsine Sarver, and brother Monroe Burrus.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at Lakeside Cemetery in Canon City.
Arrangements handled through Wilson Funeral Home.