John R. Bursey, 84, of Washington, passed away on January 19, 2020, in Washington. Mr. Bursey, son of the late John M. Bursey, and his wife Cynthia (nee Wheatley), was born May 2, 1935, in Dyersburg, Tennessee. On October 3, 1953, he was united in marriage to Frances French in Baden, Missouri. John worked as an electrician at Anheuser Busch for many years until retirement. John was a devoted Catholic. He enjoyed wood working, fixing things, and spending time with his family. He found the humor in everything and his laugh and smile would light up a room. His hands were big but gentle. He loved unconditionally and with his whole heart. John always had the answer and was the true patriarch of our family. He will be greatly missed. “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, James Bursey in 1966 and John Bursey in 1987; and one sister, Jewell French.
Among his survivors are his wife, Frances Bursey of Washington; three children, Patricia Sadler and husband Steve of Gillespie, Illinois, Michael Bursey and wife Mary of St. Clair, and Tina Lipshitz of St. Clair; thirteen grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; siblings-in-laws, Nancy and David Howell; other relatives and friends.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 10 A.M. – 1 P.M. at Nieburg-Vitt, Miller Funeral Home, with a funeral service beginning at 1 P.M. Interment will be in the Mt. Lebanon Cemetery in St. Ann. Memorial donations can be made to the Franklin County Humane Society.
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