Burns Henry Roper, 89, of Yerington, NV passed away on May 31, 2015. He was born November 16, 1925 in Oak City, Utah to Henry and Jessie Mae Roper. He was one of eight children. Burns was raised in Caliente Nevada graduating from Lincoln High School where he excelled in athletics and was the Student Body President his senior year. He was a World War II veteran as a member of the 82nd Airborne and a Korean War veteran as a member of the 24th Infantry Division where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for Valor. Burns married Madona Lee Clark on March 26, 1950 in Ruth, NV. They were married for 61 years. He was an Electrical Leadman for Kennecott Copper Corp for 30 years and worked for Silver King at the Taylor Mill as well. He retired and moved to Kingman, Arizona, then Pahrump, NV and Yerington, NV where they lived for 16 years. He was an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Dad enjoyed hunting, traveling, photography, politics and his family. When Madona became ill they moved together to live with their daughter Cynthia in McGill. Upon Madona’s passing Burns moved back to Yerington for a while then to Elko to live near family.
Dad passed away peacefully Sunday evening May 31st with his children and grandchildren by his side. Burns is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Madona and 6 siblings. He leaves behind his son Michael (Ventura) Roper of Sparks, NV; daughters Stacey Kelly, Henderson, NV; Cynthia Angelopoulos, McGill, NV; Susan (Kenneth) Ashby of Elko, NV; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great granddaughter and a great-great grandson due any day now; a sister, Wilma Spring and many nieces and nephews. He was a great husband, father, grandfather great-grandfather and friend to many who lived his life independently until the last day.
A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, June 13th, 2015 at 1PM at the Ely Cemetery in Ely, Nevada.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the National Rifle Association, the Wounded Warriors Project or your favorite charity in the name of Burns H. Roper.