John R. Burlison of DeSoto, Missouri, formerly of Owensville, Missouri was born in St. Louis, Missouri on December 31, 1924 to McClellan and Julia (Ritzman) Burlison and passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the age of 94 years.
He married Mary Louise Argent in Overland, Missouri on June 12, 1948.
He was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 414, a member of Owensville Masonic Lodge #624, a lifetime member of Telephone Pioneer of America, and a life member of the C.W.A. He served his country in the United States Navy as a Fireman, First Class. He fought in the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign during WWII and received a Victory Medal of Honor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Burlison on March 5, 2019; one daughter, Barbara Caldwell; one brother, Robert Burlison; and one sister, Doris Jean Reeder.
He is survived by two sons, John David Burlison of Festus, Missouri and James Burlison of St. Clair, Missouri; one daughter, Beverly Yates and husband Larry of DeSoto, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Betsy Kelleher of Cuba, Missouri; five grandchildren, Ericka Gulden of St. Louis, Missouri, Jaime Burlison of Florissant, Missouri, Shanna Murdoch of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, Jacob Murdoch and wife Maegan of Onamia, Minnesota, and Mary Yates and fiancé Nick Robinson of Hillsboro, Missouri; four great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville, Missouri with an Eastern Star service at 4:45 p.m.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville, Missouri with Rev. Kevin Sullivan officiating.
Burial with full military honors was at the Countryside Memorial Gardens in Owensville, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Owensville, Missouri.