John F. Burner Sr., 79, computer systems operator

April 21, 2006

John Franklin Burner Sr., a retired CSX computer systems operator, died Tuesday of complications from open heart surgery at a Roanoke, Va., rehabilitation facility. The former Hillendale resident was 79.

Mr. Burner, the son of a railroader, was born and raised in Huntington, W.Va., where he attended public schools.

He entered the Army in 1946 and was a postal clerk until being discharged in 1947.

He then returned to Huntington, where he began his career on the old Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad, learning to operate UNIVAC, an early computer.

He later held posts in the computer field in Cleveland and Huntington before being transferred in 1966 by the Chessie System, a successor company, to Baltimore. He was a computer systems operator in 1986, when he retired.

He was an avid golfer and in his retirement worked part time at Pine Ridge Golf Course in Baltimore County.

Since 1996, Mr. Burner and his wife of 59 years, the former Margaret Louise Carico, his grade school sweetheart, had lived in Roanoke.

Mr. Burner was a 56-year member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had held positions in the church over the years.

He enjoyed reading and family genealogy.

Services will be held at noon today at Oakey's Funeral Service in Roanoke.

Also surviving are four sons, John F. Burner Jr. and James Morgan Burner, both of Baltimore, Michael Lee Burner of Elliston, Va., and Andrew Courtney Burner of Troutville, Va.; a daughter, Joan Elizabeth Tucker of Colorado Springs, Colo.; three brothers, Clyde Burner of Mount Hope, Fla., Lloyd Burner of Wake Forest, N.C., and Ed Burner of Anaheim, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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