Gordon Burns Obituary

Gordon E. Burns
Gordon E. Burns
Gordon E. Burns

April 30, 1933 - July 8, 2012
Born in Lakota, ND
Resided in Urbandale, IA
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Gordon Burns, 79, died July 8, 2012. He was born in Lakota, ND, on April 30, 1933. He attended the University of North Dakota, where in 1955 he earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. Over the course of a professional career spanning more than 40 years, he worked as a structural engineer specializing in bridge design. Several of his bridges are located in the Greater Des Moines area, and examples of his work dot the landscape throughout the state of Iowa. He retired from Calhoun-Burns & Associates in 1998.

He will be missed by his wife, Joan (Jody) Burns, daughter, Pamela (Steve) Davis of Urbandale, IA, and sons, Thomas of Hopkins, MN, and James of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Also, sister, Barbara (Eldon) Burkhart of Cedar Rapids, IA, and brother-in-law, Denzil Collette of Albuquerque, NM. Gordon was preceded in death by infant sons, John and Joseph, his parents, Ethel and Earl Burns, and sister, Mary Elizabeth Collette.

Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. vigil service on Wednesday, July 11 at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12, at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Des Moines. Burial will be at Glendale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Theresa's Church or to Mercy Foundation. Online condolences may be sent to IlesCares.com.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Theresa's Catholic Church
1230 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50311
Thursday, July 12, 2012
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Glendale Cemetery
4909 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Thursday, July 12, 2012
11:00 AM


St. Theresa Catholic Church
1230 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Mercy Foundation
1111 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50314