Rex Leo Burns

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Mr. Rex Leo Burns, Jr. of Mena passed away Friday. March 15, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. Rex was born in Herrick, South Dakota on August 25, 1928 to Rex Leo Burns Sr. and Ima Grimm-Burns. Rex was married to Carol Moran- Burns. He proudly served his country 26 years in the U.S. Navy and US Air Force. Rex was a Real Estate Agent and Broker; he ran a large hog operation in Nebraska; he was well known for his animal farm near Acorn. He enjoyed telling his war stories, working outside, speeding in his Golf-cart and he loved his dogs Benton and Ludwig. Rex was always helping strangers and supporting his community. He was active in VFW Honor Guard, a Mason at Meadow Mountain Lodge #218 in Hatfield and Dallas Lodge in Mena. Rex also enjoyed traveling and squaring dancing and was very supported of all Military community organizations Above all he loved and enjoyed his family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He is survived by wife: Carol Moran-Burns of Mena, Arkansas; daughter: Dee Culver of Enid Oklahoma; five step-daughters: Sharon and husband Jimmy Hedrick, Karen and husband Kirk Fellows, Terrie and husband Bill Harry, Lisa and Husband Glen Yoakum, Kathy and husband Louis Loyd; two step-sons; Francis Zgleszewski and wife Lynna, and Walter Zgleszewski and wife Kelly; brothers: Allen Burns and wife Sandy, Danny Burns and wife Missy, David Burns, Robert Burns and wife Dani, Gary Burns; sisters: Vivian Ruther, Lee Johnson, Betty and husband Willis Hayes, Mary Ann and husband Tim Jobe, Judy Burns and friend Aaron Abrego and Rena Stowell. Grand Children: Cindi Peavy, Dawn Marie Reed, Dusti Washnok, Kelli Dilldine, Ricky Burns, Daye Culver, Juli Pack, Jeremy Burns, Jason Burns and Skye Ransom; 10 step-grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews and special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rex Leo Burns and Ima Grimm Burns; three wives: Dottie Fields-Burns, Wanda Wood-Burns and Janet Pratt-Burns; two sons, Richard Burns, Jerry Burns and son-in-law, Don Culver; one sister, Linda Burns, two brothers, Marvin Burns, Melvin Burns; brothers-in-law, David Stowell, David Johnson and Keith Ruther; two grandchildren, Charlotte, Shawn Burns; one great-grandchild, Little Ricky Burns. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church. Interment will be in National Cemetery in Ft. Smith, Arkansas at 2 p.m. under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation will be 6-9 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Beasley Wood Chapel with a Masonic Burial at 6:15 and Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers family has asked for memorials to be made to Polk County VFW and DAV. Pallbearers will be Jeremey Burns, Jason Burns, Ricky Burns, Rex Burns, III, Tanner Culver and Randy Ransom. Honorary pallbearers are Eddy Rosen, Matthew Peavy, Dusti Washnock, Presely Reed, Cody Reed, John Harry, Josh Harry, Taylor Finley, Laredo Loyd and Joseph Pack. Online obituary at

Published March 20, 2019