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Services Saturday for David D. Burns, age 31

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David D. Burns, 31, of Chesterton, died Thursday, June 14, 2018, under the care of Dunes Hospice in Michigan City, Indiana. Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, Heritage Crematory handled final arrangements.

David was born on September 19, 1986.

Survivors include his mother, Diane R. Burns, of Newbern, Tennessee; brother Adam (Dave) Casko of Portage; brother Aaron (Caylee and Jakob) Casko of Winamac; beloved grandma Helen M. Parnell of Chesterton; uncle Richard (Dorothy and Elaine) Burns of Portage; numerous other family members including half-siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Preceded in death by his father, David D. Bates, of Reed City, MI; grandfather, Billy R. Parnell of Chesterton; grandfather Reginald M. Burns of Hampden, ME; grandparents Marvin and Beverly Bates of Reed City, MI; great-grandparents John and Veronica Dulemba of Huntley, IL; and great-grandmother Alice B. Charpentier of Somersworth, NH.

The family would like to express gratitude and appreciation to Davidís first nurse, Sue Brennan, of Chesterton, special nurse and friend, Kerri Gurgon and the staff at the Infusion Center of Porter Regional Hospital, Dr. Mary Klein and her staff in Chesterton, and the entire staff of Dunes Hospice, Valparaiso.

A Memorial Mass in Davidís honor will take place at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 29, at St. Patrickís Catholic Church in Chesterton, with Father Jon Plavcon officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow at Chapel Hall.

David was diagnosed with hypogammaglobulinemia as an infant; spino-cerebellar ataxia and blindness (optical nerve atrophy) as a young adult. David was an avid fisherman, and before his wheelchair confinement, he spent countless hours in pursuit of salmon on Salt Creek. His diseases didnít define him. He was a kind, beautiful soul. He was accepting of others, and just wanted to be loved and accepted in return. His generosity and spirit touched all those who knew him, and he will never be forgotten.


Posted 9/19/2018




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