Richard "Rick" Allen Burns of Seattle, Wash., died March 12, 2010, after a long battle with cancer. He was 54.
Born Oct. 26, 1955, in Grand Rapids, Min., to Bill and Gloria Burns, he attended Grand Rapids High School and worked for several years in the construction trades. He loved growing up in Northern Minnesota, where he enjoyed his passions for playing hockey, hunting and fishing.
He married Marcia Patten in 1974 and had two children, David and Danea. In 1983, he and his family moved to Juneau, where he found work in a marine service and repair center as an electrical technician and was able to continue to enjoy his passion for hunting and fishing.
He was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). In 1994, he moved to Casa Grande, Ariz., and from there moved around often for work (Nevada, California, Missouri, Louisiana), ultimately retiring in Seattle.
He is survived by his children, David Burns and Danea (Jason) Lucas; grandchildren, Zenia and Mikayla Burns; brothers, Bill Burns, Jack (Roberta) Burns; sister, Anita (John) Bishop; nephews, Nathan, Kris and John; nieces, Tiffany, Elizabeth and Kayla; and numerous great nephews and nieces. He also leaves his constant companion and best friend, Princess.
A celebration of life picnic will be held at 3 p.m. June 5 at Auke Village Recreation Area. Services in Minnesota to be announced at a later date.