George Burns - Brookings

June 6, 1948 - June 5, 2018

George Burns, age 70, passed away one day before his 71st birthday on June 5, 2019, at The Neighborhoods at Brookview in Brookings. 

Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 10, at Grace Lutheran Church, Nunda, with Rev. Phillip Hofinga officiating.  Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Weiland Funeral Chapel and will continue on Monday one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be in Lake Madison Lutheran Cemetery.  Online registry can be sent at  

Memorial contributions can be sent to:  The Neighborhoods at Brookview Activity Fund, 2421 Yorkshire Drive, Brookings, SD  57006.

George Orville Burns was born on June 6, 1948, in Madison, to Orville & Clara (Dragseth) Burns.  He lived the majority of his years in Nunda.  

George retired after 37 years working for South Dakota State University in the Food Service Department.  He was an avid Rutland Ramblers, Yankees, Packers and Ohio State Buckeye fan; he loved “The Sound of Music.” He enjoyed spirited games of Solitaire, Rook & Kings Corner’s.

He lived for his trips to Columbus and time spent with his family. We remember walks to McDonald’s, bowling, watching fireworks, and playing catch outside!  Recent years have not been this easy, but he always thanked God for the days he had. He was our family’s prayer warrior and he LOVED JESUS! While we will miss him on Earth, we know he is having the BEST birthday ever!

Surviving are his sister, Barbara (Roger) Masten of Dublin, OH; niece, Amanda (Michael) Racanelli of Hilliard, OH and nephew, Andrew (Linna) Masten of Howell, MI and five grand-nieces & nephews, Gabriella, Leonardo, Jackson, Chiarina and Korbin.  

He was preceded in death by his parents in 1983 and all of his uncles and aunts both Dragseth and Burns.


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