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Willis H. Burbach

Willis H. Burbach, age 89 of Linn, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012, at Westphalia Hills Retirement Center.

Willis was born October 29, 1922, in rural Cole County, Missouri, a son to the late Louis C. and Bertha L. (Carsten) Burbach. He attended school in Jefferson City.

On August 28, 1948, Willis was united in marriage to Martha Stephan in Jefferson City. She preceded him in death on October 21, 2007.

Willis spent his life as a farmer in the Morrison area and was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ in Chamois. He enjoyed gardening, helping his neighbors, delivering meals for the Osage County Nutrition Center and visiting with friends both at the Nutrition Center and the shoe store.

Willis is survived by: one sister, Mardelle Prenger of Jefferson City; one aunt, Alma Cremer of Lakeport, CA; one niece, five nephews, and several great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, Willis was preceded in death by one brother, Ernest J. Burbach.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at Morton Chapel in Linn. A second visitation will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012, at St. John's United Church of Christ in Chamois from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2012, at St. John's United Church of Christ in Chamois. Interment will follow in Deer Creek Cemetery.

Expressions may be made to the Osage County Nutrition Center.

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We are so fortunate to have Willis in our lives, we have such fond memories of him. When we lived by him we seen him every day, we gardened with him, he ate supper with us 3 to 4 days a week, went on trips with us and he watched our then 2 year old daughter grow up. He is truly missed.

Tim, Tania, Jorden & Cody Hoehn Jan 29 2012 12:00 AM

My sympathy to the family. Often visited with Willis at Knoerr's Propane.

Shirley Backues Jan 28 2012 12:00 AM

To the family: We enjoyed working for Willis and Martha and for their friendship through the years. You have our condolences. Merrill & Norma Jean

Dr. & Mrs. Merrill Townley Jan 24 2012 12:00 AM