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Charles Randel Burns

June 9, 1921 February 3, 2019
Charles Randel Burns
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Obituary for Charles Randel Burns

Charles Randel Burns

Randy Burns, 97 passed away on February 3, 2019 in Owosso, Michigan.

He was born in Owosso on June 9, 1921, the son of Thomas and Fanny Burns. He married his high school sweetheart Virginia Radant in 1942 and they were married for 72 years. Ginny passed away in 2014.

Soon after they were married, Randy joined the Army Air Corp. in 1942 to help protect our country following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Randy served 4 years in the South Pacific during World War II and received numerous medals including a Purple Heart Commendation. He was a proud veteran throughout his life and was able to take the Honors Flight to Washington DC to visit the World War II Memorial with other proud veterans. His family says the war was a very emotional and trying time in his life. He was a lifelong member of the VFW and American Legion, and maintained lifelong relationships with many of his military comrades.

Following the war, he was employed in Owosso by the Redmond Motor Corporation. Randy stayed in the electrical motor business his whole career through several buyouts and retired as vice president of sales and marketing from the Magnetek Corp., formerly Universal Electric, in 1988.

During retirement he and Ginny enjoyed many years wintering in Florida. Randy and Ginny were very generous and social people and truly enjoyed entertaining friends and family. Randy was an avid golfer and enjoyed the game until the age of 94. He was also a big MSU sports fan, especially football and basketball. He and Ginny had season tickets to the Spartan football games for 42 years. During conversations with his children regarding his past memories he believed he lived the American dream and would not have changed a thing in his life. He was truly a member of the” Greatest Generation” and retained a positive outlook throughout his life. Randy was a proud member of the Owosso Kiwanis Club throughout his retirement and loved helping to improve the lives of children in the community.

Randy is survived by his children Barry (Jill Messer) Burns of East Lansing and Maureen (Daniel) Horvath of Grand Rapids. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren, Jason Burns, Amanda (Trevor) Hall, Tara (Tim) Streit and Brent (Janelle) Horvath; and great great-grandchildren, Tyler and Ava Hall, Griffin and Brayden Streit. Randy leaves behind a legacy of kindness, generosity and humor that touched the lives of his family and friends. He was very much loved and will be missed immensely.

A funeral service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church on Thursday February 7, 2019 at 11:00 AM with Reverend Russ Merrill officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Nelson Funeral Home on Wednesday February 6, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to: Owosso Kiwanis Club or Memorial Healthcare Hospice.

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5:00 PM 2/6/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/6/2019 8:00:00 PM
Owosso Chapel

120 E. Mason Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Owosso Chapel
120 E. Mason Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States

Funeral Service




11:00 AM 2/7/2019 11:00:00 AM
Christ Episcopal Church

120 Goodhue Street
Owosso, MI 48867

Christ Episcopal Church
120 Goodhue Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States

Cemetery Details


Oak Hill Cemetery Final Resting Place

1101 S. Washington Street
Owosso, MI 48867

1101 S. Washington Street Owosso 48867 MI
United States

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