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Merle ‘Bub’ R. Burns Jr.

Merle Richard “Bub” Burns Jr., age 69, of Brainerd, died on Nov. 11, 2012, at the Harmony House in Brainerd. He was born on Feb. 5, 1943, in Morris to Merle and DeMaris (Sachs) Burns Sr.

He married Anita Smith Albie in Brainerd on Aug. 10, 1996. With this marriage Merle welcomed Anita’s family as his own. Merle graduated from the Crosby-Ironton High School Class of 1961. He was

an Army veteran serving during Vietnam. He was a retired trucker serving the industry for 47 years. He drove for International Transport, Schneider Transport, Midwest Transport and retired from Genmar Transportation, Little Falls. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Crosby, and the Myrin-James American Legion Post No. 443, Ironton. He was an avid Smear player.

Survivors include his wife, Anita; one son, James “Jamie” (Jill) Albie, of Staples; one daughter, Tricia (Craig) Warner, of Brainerd; one brother, Herman Burns, of Ironton; three beloved grandchildren, Kayla, Krista and Sophie; nephew, Michael (Jenny) Burns and their children, Katie and Ella; niece, Michelle Watson and her child, Cuyler.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Friends may call one hour prior to the services at the church. Military honors will be given by the Myrin-James American Legion Post. If so desired memorial are preferred to the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Crosby, Harmony House, Brainerd or the Alzheimer’s Association, in lieu of flowers.

Arrangements are with the Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.