Rev. Kenneth Alva Burris, Jr., Pierceton, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Homewood, Ill. at the age of 84.
He was born March 28, 1932 in Peoria, Ill., to Kenneth Alva Burris and Audreyanna (Price) Burris. On Aug. 20, 1954, he married Delora June (Ryan) Burris, who passed away on Sept. 5, 2010.
Ken served as a Presbyterian pastor for more than 30 years, pastoring numerous churches in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. He retired as pastor of Attica-Williamsport Presbyterian Church in Attica, Indiana in 1995, and in retirement served churches in Lake Prairie, Indiana and Lake Village, Indiana. He received his B.A. from Millikin University in 1953 and his Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1961.
Ken also served for a time as a development officer at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia and Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
He moved to Winona Lake in 2008.
Ken loved the Lord, and he loved people. Many people in the churches he served and attended were blessed by his care, compassion and counsel. He was a devoted husband and father, and delighted in his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Ken is survived by two daughters: Deanna (husband Roger) Bryant, Midland, Mich.; Joy (husband Scott) Eshleman, Homewood, Ill.; son: James (wife Norma) Burris, Toledo, Ohio; daughter-in-law Ruth Burris, Genoa, Ohio; six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Ken also is survived by his half-sister Alicia Laddin (Mission Viejo, California). He was preceded in death by his parents; Delora, his wife of 56 years; son Duane Burris; grandson Andrew Burris; and great-grandson Alex Lopez.
Visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw. A private family service will be held on Monday, March 20, at Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Warsaw, Indiana.
Memorial donations may be directed to the American Lung Association, www.lung.org, and would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences may be sent through the funeral home’s Web Site at www.redpathfruthfuneralhome.com