Mandan News

Obituaries – May 4-10, 2013

Ronald Burns

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” -Winnie the Pooh

Ronald J. (RJ) Burns, 29, Mandan, died April 26, 2013, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, April 30, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial was at Mandan Union Cemetery.

RJ was born May 2, 1983, to Ronald J. and Judy (Schlosser) Burns in Bismarck. Raised and educated in Mandan, RJ graduated from Mandan High School in 2002. At the age of five RJ discovered the world of BMX Racing, continuing throughout his teenage years. He received state titles and even won national recognition for his ability. RJ worked for Cretex in Menoken, building bridges. They built them on site and shipped them out. Hunting deer and pheasant with his dad and extended family brought RJ much joy. With his quick wit and special sense of humor, life was fun. Love and laughter were abundant when he was in a room. Family was important to RJ. Family gatherings were a source of comfort, laughter and a legacy of love most meaningful to RJ.

RJ brightens the world with his contagious energy and kindness. He will always be tenderly remembered in our hearts.

RJ will be deeply missed by his mom, Judy, Mandan; grandparents, Val Schlosser and Leota Burns, both of Mandan; stepsisters, Jodi (Trampus) Gooding, Shannon (Jim) Harcrow; aunts, Joyce (Steve) Howry, Darcy (Dan) Hurley, Linda Ohm, Sheryl (Mike) Massey, Becky Burns, Judy Mae Burns; uncles, Darell (Elaine) Schlosser, Tim Schlosser, Marv (Jodi) Schlosser, Ernie (Pam) Schlosser, Terry Schlosser, Harvey (Nancy) Schlosser, Bernie (Susan) Schlosser, Robert (Cheryl) Burns; numerous cousins; and his very special friend, his dog, Izzy.

RJ was preceded in death by his father, Ronald J., who died Aug. 4, 2010; grandmother, Doreen Schlosser; grandfather, Richard Burns; uncles, Rory Burns, Richard Burns, Rod Schlosser, Scott Schlosser; aunt, Diane Koenig; and cousin, Ryan Burns.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Central Dakota Humane Society, Mandan.

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