Arnold L. Burns

LEAVITTSBURG — Arnold Leroy Burns, 86, of Leavittsburg, passed on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Youngstown.

Arnold was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Morgantown, W. Va., the son of Luther P. and Margaret Burns. He was raised there and joined the United States Air Force at age 19. He served his country in England as Staff Sergeant with the 87th Bomber Squadron.

When he returned from the war, he moved with his family to Ohio and was hired by Copperweld Steel from where he retired after 38 1/2 years of employment.

Arnold was an avid big and small game hunter. He was a fantastic gardener and enjoyed cooking.

He was married to Virginia E. Shreve of Elkins, W. Va., in 1951 and together they raised eight children, Kenneth (Jeanette) Burns of Leavittsburg, Kathie (Paul) Black of Lordstown, David (Patty) Burns of Beverly, W. Va., Douglas (Linda) Burns of Daily, W. Va., Jonathan Burns of Beverly, Timothy (Lori) Burns of Newton Falls and Kristina Burns of Warren. Arnold also had three stepchildren, Margaret (Bill) Rhodes of Southington, Eugene (Marilyn) Shick of Mecca and Dottie (Mike) Cain of Southington. He also has 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. Survivors also include sisters, Maxine Bennett and Barbara Haseleu, both of Jerome Park, W.Va. and Bonnie Fields of Masontown, W.Va.; and one brother, Luther Paul Jr. of Gulf Port, Miss. He loved all very dearly. When told how much they love him, he replied “I love you more.” He also is survived by his faithful companion of 36 years, Juanita Shick of Leavittsburg.

Arnold was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Margaret; his brothers, Kenneth and Robert; his sister, Doris; his wife, Virginia; and his son, Richard Allen.

A memorial is planned by family and friends at his home in Leavittsburg. The family will travel the county roads of West Virginia to return Arnold home, where one final memorial will be held by his family and loved ones.

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