News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 27, 2013

Russell D. Burnam


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MARSHALL, Ill. — MARSHALL, Ill. — Russell D. Burnam, 85, of Marshall, Ill., passed away 3:43 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at Regional Hospital in Terre Haute.

He was  retired from Clark Co. Metal Products as a foreman after 35 years of service.

He was born Nov. 22, 1927 at West Union, Ill., the son of Ortho Burnam and Flossie Collision Burnam. He married Doris Rayhel on July 24, 1950 in Terre Haute.

Surviving are his wife, Doris; his children, Rusty Burnam of Carterville, Ill., Carolyn Scott and her companion, Terry Stephen, Donna Norton and her husband, Tom, and Mark Burnam and his wife Catherine, all of Marshall; grandchildren, Jimmy Scott, Jason Scott and his companion Sarah Darr, Garry Norton and his wife Melinda, all of Marshall, Jennifer Norton-Carlisle and her husband, Chris of Savannah, Ga., Sarah Towle and her husband Ryan of Hurst, Ill., Abbigail Burnam and her fiancée Jordan of Colorado, Hannah Burnam of Carterville, and Kyle Russell Burnam and his fiancée Jordan of Marshall; great-grandchildren, Cameron Scott, Evelynne Norton, Madelynn Norton, Thomas Norton and Paxton Towle; and a sister-in-law, Winona Burnam of West Union, Ill.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Edna Ruth, Elsie and Ellen; and three brothers, Orville, Harry and Walter.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Marshall, where he had served as a deacon, trustee and pulpit. He was a member of VFW Post 5975, Clark Co. Post 90 and the Masonic Lodge at West Union. He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and he thoroughly enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in sporting events.

He served this nation in the US Army during WW II and was a sharpshooter.

Services in honor of his life will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Pearce Funeral Home in Marshall, with Pastor Tim Duke officiating. Burial will follow in the York Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 5975 and Clark Co. Post 90 of the American Legion. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and before services on Saturday at the funeral home. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church or to the York Cemetery Association. Online condolences are being accepted at:

pearcefuneralservices.com