LITCHFIELD — Byron Burns, 65, of Litchfield died Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at home after a five-year battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Loup City. The Rev. Richard L. Piontkowski will celebrate the mass. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery at Loup City.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary to be recited at 7. Memorials are suggested to Litchfield Fire Department, St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church or The National Multiple Myeloma Foundation. Higgins Funeral Home in Loup City is in charge of arrangements. Condolences for the family can be left at higginsfuneralhomelc.com.
Byron Glen Burns was born Nov. 7, 1953, at Broken Bow to Robert and Vivian (Fox) Burns. They lived northeast of Mason City. He attended the Mason City School until the eighth grade and then graduated from high school from Loup City. He was active in 4-H and sports.
He married Jean Kwiatkowski on Nov. 30, 1974, at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Hazard. Byron and Jean lived in Mason City and then moved east of Litchfield in 1980. Byron worked at the ordnance plant in Grand Island, Lovitt Angus Ranch, Eatons and farmed from 1979 until the time of his death.
His wife, children and grandchildren were his greatest love. His family and friends were very important to him. Byron always enjoyed his cattle and being in the fields. He loved working with his hands, making improvements to the farm. He was a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus for 25 years, served on the Litchfield Rural Fire Board since 1989, Sherman County Foundation Board, and was a volunteer fireman and EMT in Mason City.
Byron is survived by his wife, Jean of Litchfield; sons, Nicholas Burns and partner, Zach Hickman, of Dallas, Texas, Scott Burns and wife, Ellie, of Rochester, Mich.; daughter, Michelle and husband, Adam Nagorski, of Grand Island; three grandchildren, Sophia Burns, Cameron and Rexalynn Nagorski; mother, Vivian Burns of Mason City; brothers, Steve and wife, Lydia, of Salida, Colo., and Mark of Mason City; and sisters, Theodocia (Teddy) Fitch of Urbandale, Iowa, Kim and husband, Rod Burns of Clovis, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert (Jeff); father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry and Hattie Kwiatkowski; and grandparents.