Obituary: Paul Burns

Paul Burns

Paul Burns, age 87, of Montello, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, surrounded by his family. Paul was born in the Black Earth area on May 17, 1930, one of 11 children to the late Peter and Regina (Leary) Burns. He served in the U.S. Navy on the battleship USS Iowa during the Korean War from 1951-1955.

Paul married Eleanor Moyer on Dec. 5, 1953 and enjoyed 55 years of marriage until her death May 24, 2009. They owned Burns TV & Radio in Waterloo for 30 plus years retiring to Montello in 1992. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Montello, and a long-time member of the American Legion Post No. 351, Montello Veterans of Foreign Wars and a Knights of Columbus 4th Degree, Waterloo.

Paul is survived by his five children, Paulie (Joe) Sellnow of Waterloo, Pam (Steve) Hubacher of Waunakee, Brian (Mary) Burns of Baraboo, Jim Burns of Marshall and Bonnie (Randy) Ellis of Layton, Utah; two sisters, Barbara (Donald) Moyer of Mt. Horeb and Sharon McCarthy of Madison; two brothers, John (Pat) Burns, DeForest, and Peter (Jean) Burns of Paoli; 17 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by Eleanor’s siblings, Donna (Virgil) Kelter, Linda Arneson, Russell (Donna) Moyer and brothers-in-law, Bob Suchomel and Roscoe Sawle.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eleanor; his parents; four brothers, Bob, Roy, Harold and Jim, two sisters, Alice and Mary; his in-laws, Milo and Helen Moyer; and sisters-in-law, Arlene Suchomel and Shirley Sawle.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Waterloo. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of mass. Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is serving the family. To place an online condolence, please visit

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