Thomas Burns

Thomas Burns
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Thomas L. Burns, 86, of Belleville, IL, born December 21, 1932, in Belleville, IL, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.

Tom was a United States Navy veteran and served his country from 1952 -1956. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal during his service. After returning in June 1957, he joined the Belleville Police Department serving for 31 years. He retired as a Lieutenant. He then joined the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department serving in many capacities including chief bailiff and retired after 27 years. Tom enjoyed being with family and friends. He loved hunting, fishing, word find games, and western movies. He lived a fulfilling life and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John H. and Anna, nee Teigler, Burns; three brothers, John, William, and Robert;
and two sisters, Christine and Kathryn.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 64 years, Betty Ann, nee Halter, Burns, whom he married on February 21, 1955;
four children, Jackie (Brent) Adams, Michael Burns,
Ann L. (Eric) Guetterman,
and Jean (Scott Wilson) Burns;
five grandchildren, Natasha (Ricky) Powers,
Jake (Katie Ubik) Guetterman, Haley (Patrick) Doyle,
Gabrielle (Jacob) Fischer and Austin (Paige Brendensteiner) Guetterman;
He was lucky to be a great-grandparent to Colton Burns,
Cooper Doyle, Audriana Powers, and Jocelyn Powers;
He also had many nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 17, 2019, and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, November 18, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Jonathan Tinge officiating.

Burial with military honors will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, IL.

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14 Comments on Thomas Burns

Robert Thomas said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2019 at 7:09 PM

Members of VFW Post 1739 in Belleville, thank your family for your service to our country.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Laura Kaemmerer said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2019 at 7:38 PM

I am so very sorry for your loss! Tom will be missed by many! My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours!

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kathy Moore Walsh said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2019 at 11:36 AM

My deepest condolences for your loss. I knew Tom from his St. Clair County courthouse days. He always had a smile and joke to brighten the day.

  • Waterford
  • Ireland
Amy Kribs said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2019 at 4:36 AM

My deepest condolences to Betty and family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Angie, Eric and kids said : Guest Report Nov 17, 2019 at 12:37 AM

To the best neighbors anyone could ask for. Our thoughts and prayers are w you, Betty and your entire family. Tom was such a wonderful guy and we will truly miss him!!!

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Mark szymanski said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2019 at 9:07 PM

To the family members, so sorry for your loss.

  • New Baden
  • Illinois
Hipskind Family said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2019 at 6:38 PM

We are so sorry for your loss. Tom was a good man and a good boss. He will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Kiwan Guyton said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2019 at 5:10 PM

R.I.P Chief Thomas Burns from the Men and Women of St. Clair County Sheriffs Departmant F.O.P Lodge #148

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Linda Eckert Juenger said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2019 at 5:09 PM

Tom and my dad were great friends for years. For a joke, my dad challenged Tom to a game of pool, with my dad using a mop handle. My dad beat him. What fun that was. It was in the BND years ago. RIP Tom. You and Chuck (Jake) can play pool together again. I am so sorry for your family's huge loss.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Dean Roberson said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2019 at 5:09 PM

So sorry to hear this Jackie. Your dad was a good man and always made me laugh. I used to see him in the courthouse and enjoyed the quick chats we had. My thoughts are with you and your family. As the obit reads, Your dad did have a full life.

  • Crossville
  • Tennessee
Terry Conard said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2019 at 3:21 AM

To all family menbers so sorry for you loss

  • Collinsville
  • Illinois
Williams Family said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2019 at 6:59 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will surely be missed.

  • Chesapeake
  • Virginia
Kathy Tiedemann (Grimmer) said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2019 at 4:39 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Tom was a great friend and I will miss him dearly.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Leslie and Michael Missey said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2019 at 12:21 AM

Our thoughts are with you and your family.We loved Tom and will miss him very much.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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