C. Clifton Burns, 91, farmer, paper mill workerC. Clifton...

November 11, 1996

C. Clifton Burns, 91, farmer, paper mill worker

C. Clifton Burns, who had been a farmer and paper-mill worker, died Thursday of complications after a stroke at the Lutheran Home in Shrewsbury, Pa. The longtime Hereford resident was 91.

The White Hall native for many years was a farmer. His father told of hearing the cannons at Gettysburg as they shucked corn on the family farm, which led to a lifelong interest in history.

"He was an avid reader, self-educated," said his wife of 48 years, the former Gladys Troyer.

Mr. Burns, his wife and next-door-neighbor and sister-in-law, M. Ethel Troyer, were known for decades as "the trio." He had no other survivors.

Mr. Burns retired in 1970 after 24 years with the Federal Paper Board Co. in White Hall.

A lifelong member of the Wiseburg United Methodist Church, he was a descendant of its founding family and a past superintendent and teacher of its Sunday school. He supervised the church cemetery for 54 years, held many other church offices, and organized its Four Square Fellowship for young adults -- now 54 years old.

He enjoyed carving figures in wood. He was a member of Charity Lodge 134 of the Ancient and Accepted Masons in Freeland.

Services will be at noon todayat Wiseburg United Methodist Church, 810 Wiseburg Road in White Hall.

Pub Date: 11/11/96

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