Richard Lyons Burns, 74, of Terre Haute died at 9:20 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, in his residence.
He retired from Indiana State University as professor emeritus of industrial and mechanical technology, serving from 1964 to 1995, and was instrumental in developing the mechanical technology program. He was born June 22, 1931, in Normal, IL, to Richard J. Burns and Buella J. Lyons Burns. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 44 years, Ruth Virginia Naber Burns.
Survivors include his wife of ten months, Mary Skaggs Burns; one son Martin Lyons Burns and wife Angela; four daughters, Julia Anne Burns, Rita Marie Burns Senseman and husband Ken, Elizabeth Ruth Howes and husband John, and Laura Louise Yeakey and husband Chris; fifteen grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and his current wife's children, Debra Adrian, Steven Hawkins, Teresa Coble and Richard Hawkins. He also was preceded in death by his parents. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Illinois State University and received his doctorate from the University of Missouri.
He was past president of Wabash Valley Chapter 275 Society of Manufacturing Engineers, was a contributing author to the Journal of Industrial Technology, was a member of American Institute of Plant Engineers, American Institute of Industrial Engineers, Phi Delta Kappa, Iota Lambda Sigma, Kappa Theta, American Vocational Association, American Industrial Arts Association, National Association of Industrial Technology, was an active member of St. Margaret Mary Parish and was a past member and parish council member at St. Patrick Parish. His hobbies include gardening, bee keeping, orcharding, cider making and wood cutting.
Mass of Christian Burial is 11:00 a.m. Tuesday in St. Patrick Catholic Church, with the Revs. Rick Ginther and Joe Kern officiating. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Callahan Funeral Home, 2425 Wabash Ave., with a rosary at 7:30 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Wabash Valley or the American Cancer Society.