Richard C. Burness

6/17/1942 ~ 5/12/2021

Richard C. Burness passed away peacefully on May 12, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Richard “Richie” was born June 17, 1942 in Freeport, New York. He was the second son of William and Beatrice Burness. Through high school he was active in sports as a member of the football and track teams. Later in life he found a passion for golf. This was a hobby that he enjoyed even more after his retirement.

After graduating from high school, Richard enlisted in the Air Force. He then served in the Army National Guard and retired in 1995 with the rank of Master Sergeant.

Richard married Constance Musso on July 31, 1971 and together they raised three daughters. As a military man he faced battle on the home front as he was outnumbered living in a house full of girls. He embraced it and had the gift of a peacemaker when dealing with the drama that often filled the home. As a husband, father, and grandfather he always showed support, compassion, and understanding in his loving words and actions. Though a man of few words he knew how to lighten a mood, especially with his subtle sarcastic humor.

Richard was an easygoing, humble soul. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten. Dad we will always eat cheeseburgers and have a Coke in your honor. We love you always.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 49 years Constance “Connie”, his daughters Stacy (Stony) Brooks of Nephi, Utah, Cindy (Rob) Henninger of Hixson, Tennessee, and Laurie (Ryan) Clark of Pleasant Grove, Utah, along with seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Special thanks to the wonderful nurses and staff at the Central Utah Veterans Home for their care and compassion.

A graveside service with military rights will be held on Monday May 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm at the Utah Veterans Cemetery & Memorial Park located at 17111 South Camp Williams Road in Bluffdale, Utah. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Central Utah Veterans Home in Care of State Officer c/o Jim Beddingfield/ Residence Fund Donations 1551 North Main Payson, Utah 84657.

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2 Responses to “Richard C. Burness”

  1. Phil Clark says:

    I feel truly blessed to have known Rich as a friend for over two decades. My sincerest condolences to Connie, Stacy, Cindy, Laurie, and all family members. Thanks Rich for being such a great person.

    • Stacy Brooks says:

      Phil, thank you for attending the service and for your support. You were a good friend to my Dad and we appreciate you.
      Best Wishes
      Stacy Brooks