Eldon L. Burns, 76 of Brazil, passed away unexpectedly April 3, 2016 at his residence. He was born April 7, 1939, in Clay County, the son of Howard Burns and Mable Dierdorf Burns. He graduated from Brazil High School. He first worked at Arketex and then later began his career with IBM in Greencastle. He retired after 29 years from IBM as a system analyst.
On October 5, 1958, Eldon was united in marriage to Peggy Sue Boyce Burns; she survives.
Eldon has been a member of the Union United Methodist Church, both as a child and as an adult. He has served on the Board of Trustees several times and both he and Peg served for a time as custodians of the church.
Following retirement from IBM, Eldon worked at the Brazil Times. In 2001, Eldon joined the staff at French Funeral Home where he quickly became a valued part of the daily operations at French, Lawson-Miller and Schoppenhorst Funeral Homes. He cared for the property, grounds, equipment with meticulous care. He retired officially from French’s in December of 2014, but his friendship never stopped.
Eldon was known to have a large, bountiful garden and he shared the produce with friends, family and the community. He was a neighbor that was always willing to help if needed and also helped strangers in need.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister Donna Joanne Jones; two brothers in law, Omer Hamilton and Joe Greenlee.
Survivors include his dear wife Peggy Burns; two sons, Greg Burns and fiancé Becky Brubeck of Center Point, and Larry Burns and wife Jamie of Avon; grandchildren, Jonathan Burns, Rachel Burns and Sarah Burns; sisters, Nila Greenlee and Barbara Hamilton of Terre Haute; two brothers, Wesley Burns and wife Zelda of Columbus, OH, and Wayne Burns and wife Julie of Greencastle; nieces, nephews and extended family.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8pm at the Lawson-Miller Chapel, 1702 E. National Ave. Services will be held Thursday at 11:00am at the Union United Methodist Church, Rev. Isaac Hopper officiating and Steve McCullough providing music. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow services at Union Cemetery. Pallbearers will include, Steve McCullough, Mike McCullough, Caleb Haviland, Seth Haviland, John Moore and Greg Wegner. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the Union United Methodist Church, 780 E. County Rd. 600N, Brazil, IN. 47834.