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Donald “Don” Ryan Burns

Donald “Don” Ryan Burns Donald “Don” Ryan Burns

Donald “Don” Ryan Burns, 85, Chippewa Falls, formerly of Cadott, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, at Marshfi eld Hospital in Eau Claire.

Don was born Feb. 2, 1935, to the late George and Ella (Ryan) Burns.

He graduated from Cornell High School.

Don and his wife, Sharree, resided in Jim Falls, where he was employed by the Jim Falls Dairy. They later bought their farm in the Town of Goetz, Cadott, where they raised their seven sons and lived for 30 years.

He worked the family farm and his job at the dairy for many years. When he left the dairy, he worked for Cornell Food Service and Chippewa Valley Transport.

Don dearly loved his wife and family. He instilled in his seven sons the importance of hard work, and being a dedicated parent and grandparent. He loved to travel, taking family trips, bus trips and traveling with their motor home throughout many parts of the U.S.

He enjoyed his summers spending time at Mallard Resort and wintering in Florida. For several years, Don assisted Sharree delivering fruit baskets to the elderly through the “Spirit of Christmas” program. He was rewarded by the outpouring joy he received from the people he served.

Don was a member of Big Drywood Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his loving wife – Sharree, of 66 years; his seven wonderful sons and daughters-in law – Don (Mary), Cadott, Dave (Kathy), Jim Falls, Dan (Jean), Cadott, Tom (Julie), Holcombe, Terry (Sheila), Winneconne, John (Stacy), La Crosse, and Joe (Marie), Phoenix, Ariz.; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers – Robert “Bob” (Janice, a special friend), Cornell, and Dale (Elaine), Cadott; and two sisters – Beverly Doyle, Cabot, Alaska, and Marion Roth (La Mont), Eagle River.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his father and mother-in-law – Arthur and Lila Danielson; four greatgrandchildren; one brother-in-law – Larry Doyle; and one sister-in-law – Catherine Burns.

A public visitation will be held Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Leiser Funeral Home in Cadott, followed by a private family service with the Rev. Lucy Schottelkorb officiating. Entombment will follow at the New Hope Mausoleum in Chippewa Falls.

Online condolences may be expressed at leiserfuneralhome. com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and can be directed in memory of Donald Burns to: c/o Donald A. Burns, 22939 108th Ave., Cadott, WI. 54727.

The family would like to thank the staff at Marshfield Hospital, Eau Claire, Cornell Health Services and St. Joseph’s home healthcare staff, for their excellent care to Don.

For the health and safety for everyone who may attend the visitation, social distancing, minimal contact and face coverings are mandatory.