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Obituary: Donald A. Burns Jr.

Fri, Dec 18th 2020 07:00 am

Donald A. Burns Jr. of Grand Island passed away on Dec. 9, 2020.

The son of the late Rosalind and Donald Burns Sr., he is the brother of Ann Burns Dlugokinski, the uncle of Christopher A. Koteras and friend of Lise Rafe.

Don was the owner of Burns Trucking Co., General Renovation and Location business, and president of Queen City Jass Society. He was known as “Professor Burns” wearing his black derby, playing the ragtime piano and entertaining for 60 years. Every summer, he performed at the International Ragtime Festival. In 2002, his book, “Piano People,” was published.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, Dec. 15, at St. Stephen’s Cemetery. A memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Share condolences at www.kaiserfuneral.com.

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