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Paul Burns

May 17, 1930 — January 20, 2018

Burns, William Paul

MONTELLO – Paul Burns, age 87, of Montello, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 20, 2018, surrounded by his family. Paul was born in the Black Earth area on May 17, 1930, one of 11 children to the late Peter and Regina (Leary) Burns. He served in the U.S. Navy on the Battleship USS Iowa during the Korean War from 1951-1955.

Paul married Eleanor Moyer on December 5, 1953 and enjoyed 55 years of marriage until her death May 24, 2009. They owned Burns TV & Radio in Waterloo for 30+ years retiring to Montello in 1992.  He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Montello, and a long-time member of the American Legion Post 351, Montello, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Waterloo.

Paul is survived by his 5 children, Paulie (Joe) Sellnow of Waterloo, Pam (Steve) Hubacher of Waunakee, Brian (Mary) Burns of Baraboo, Jim Burns of Marshall and Bonnie (Randy) Ellis of Layton, Utah; sisters, Barbara (Donald) Moyer of Mt. Horeb, Sharon McCarthy of Madison and brothers, John (Pat) Burns, Deforest, Peter (Jean) Burns of Paoli; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by Eleanor's siblings Donna (Virgil) Kelter, Linda Arneson, Russell (Donna) Moyer and brothers-in-law, Bob Suchomel and Roscoe Sawle.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eleanor, his parents, brothers Bob (Margaret), Roy (Regina), Harold and Jim, sisters Alice Annen (Matt) and Mary Schmid (Walter), brother-in-law Dean McCarthy, in-laws Milo and Helen Moyer and sisters-in-law Arlene Suchomel and Shirley Sawle,

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waterloo. Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until the time of Mass.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Ingleside Manor, Mt. Horeb, for their kindness and gentle care of our Father and Grandfather the last five months.

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes - Waterloo


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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Holy Family Parish- Waterloo

205 Milwaukee Ave, Waterloo, WI 53594

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