Thomas B. ‘Tom’ ‘Bissel’ Burns

Thomas B. “Tom” “Bissel” Burns, 87, passed away Monday afternoon, April 21, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was born March 23, 1927, in Tiffin, to Edward T. “Pepper” and Helen (Baumgardner) Burns. He married Patricia E. Brickner and they later divorced.

Survivors include five sons, Tom Burns, Kevin (Kathy) Burns, Dan (Kim) Burns, Ken (Penny) Burns and Roger Burns, all of Tiffin; a daughter, Jane (Mike) Rohe of Bloomville; one brother, Richard (Nancy) Burns of Sarasota, Fla.; a sister, Carolyn Hoover of Tiffin; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son, Mark Burns in 1982; four brothers, Alan Burns in 2011, Paul, Gene and “Bucky” Burns; and close friend, Rosie Lofay.

Tom was in the U.S. Army from Dec. 13, 1945-Dec. 23, 1946, during World War II. He worked at American Standard for over 20 years and owned the Bar Lunch at Six’s Corners for a few years. Tom was a member of VFW Tiffin Post No. 2858 and enjoyed playing softball and euchre, hunting and socializing with his friends and family.

His Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, April 25, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Gary Walters officiating. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin, with military honors being conducted by the United Veterans Council.

Friends may visit with the family 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-2424.

Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care, VFW Post No. 2858 or St. Mary Catholic Church.

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