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Gary L. Burns

Gary L. Burns

Gary L. Burns

December 27, 1947 – November 20, 2019

Gary was born in Marietta to Carl and Doris Pinkerton Burns. He graduated Warren High School, went on to receive his bachelors degree, from University of West Virginia and Masters of Science from University of Minnesota. He taught for Cincinnati Public Schools for 30 years.

He spent 20 years working extra contract teaching positions in night school, after-school, and adult education programs to support his growing family. In the technology program he developed curriculum for word processing, spread sheets, data bases, and later presentation software. The student packets helped students learn at their own pace. He quizzed on his data base end-of-packet exam – “a term applied to 45, 33-1/3, 78 used in data bases.” He said it showed his age, the teenagers seldom understood. He was associated with “Snoopy” throughout his life and left his trademark in the ceilings of closets over much of Washington county. Gary met his soul mate when they were both teaching. He was a Content Reading Coordinator and Instructional Technology coordinator, mentoring staff in the “New” technology for classrooms. He was awarded a fellowship for Dartmouth College CLIPP where he developed software. His ability to turn a mundane talk into an interactive screen presentation was known by family, church, students and friends. Moving to Minneapolis to pursue doctorate degrees in education, they taught for university then moved to Colorado as consultants for a small district in the mountains. Returning to Minnesota and retirement in an 1880’s Victorian home with corgi pups and a rescued cat, the family was complete. They traveled extensively covering 49 states and 4 continents.

Gary is survived by his brother Jim (Karen) and sister Marlene (Dale) Laudermann, niece Roxanne Cline, and nephews Benjamin and Matthew; an aunt MaryLou Pinkerton, of Vincent; daughter Shawna Burns Singh (Raja) of Georgia, step-daughters Ginger Peterson (Mike) of Iowa and Kim Sanchez of Colorado. He was Grandpa to Jonas Sanchez, Patrick, and Carra Spencer and Elizabeth and Anand Singh. His beloved wife was by his side on death.

A memorial service will be held at First Congregational Church of Minnesota, United Church of Christ on Saturday, March 21, 2020. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given, to CaringBridge.com or First Congregational Church, UCC.