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Friday November 27th, 2020
4:00pm - 8:00pm

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Saturday November 28th, 2020

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Gail C. Burns

Gail's life began on February 26, 1936 in rural Delavan.  He was the son of Zora "Joker" and Margaret (Sorenson) Burns.  Gail graduated from Wilsey High School in 1954 and went onto Emporia State Teacher's College to further his education.  He was united in marriage to the former Carol Say on June 23, 1957 at the Wilsey Christian Church.  Gail worked for a short time as a disc jockey in Tennessee and later returned home to the farm where he farmed with his father and later his own family.  His true passion was music, and he was in many groups but most notably his band the BJ- 4 Four which played around the region performing Country and Western, Western Swing & old Standards for many years.  Gail was a bass guitar player, sang vocals and played many string instruments.  He was very fond of his Boston bulldog Rambo and especially his life of music and agriculture.  Gail's greatest joy was his family which includes his wife of 63 years Carol of Delavan; children Dylan (LeAnn) Burns of Edmund, OK, Victor (Gail) Burns of Lincolnville, Doyle (Pam) Burns of Wichita and Vicki (Jason ) Wolf of Medora; grandchildren Tyler Burns, Natalie ( Alex) Marks, Travis (Kayla) Burns, Bridgette (Jesse) Hamm, Jesse Crump, Katie Burns, Dusty Wolf and Dakota Wolf; great grandchildren Ruby Marks, Sawyer Hamm, Chev Reimer, and Braxton Wolf; brother Everett Burns and several nieces and nephews.  Gail passed away at his home on November 23, 2020.  He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Bernard Burns and great granddaughter Brylee Burns.  His family will gather with friends on Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Yazel-Megli Funeral Home, Herington where his funeral service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. led by Pastor Clarence Summer.  Gail will be laid to rest in Delavan Cemetery.  Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to Dickinson County Home Health and Hospice.  Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Gail at www.ymzfh.com.

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In my younger days, we spent many a Saturday night dancing to Bob Jennings' BJ-4 for which Gail was a valuable member. In fact I was able to hire the band in 1973 to provide dancing and entertainment for the Beloit High School's Class of 1963's 10th reunion. I am certain they charged less than their normal fee so that we could afford to have them. So many memories dancing to their music. Rest in Peace, Gail, but rock on in heaven.

Shareon White Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM

Loved listening to him play his bass guitar and singing on Friday nights at the Senior Center in Herington. Love you Carol. Sending you hugs and prayers.

Connie Harmison Snyder Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

Carol I am so sad to see Gail's passing. Harold Stiver sent me this, just brought back so many memories of him teaching us the Hank Williams songs as we rode the Delavan school bus to Wilsey and of course memories of you and your famiy out on the Trail and in school. I still miss Dee and my son Paul thought so much of her. She taught him cake decorating and just became a family friend.
Gail, you and family will be in my prayers, know it will be hard for you but you come from a strong family.

Bunny Bargas & family Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

I use to love to hear him sing and play at the Senior Center in Herington, what a great and graceful man he was, always had kind words, and loved his song my ding a ling, when he wasn't there he was missed and we will miss him, R.I.P. YOUR FRIENDS Leon and Freddie Nelson

Winifred M Nelson Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

Have so many memories of Gail playing and entertaining and he was so talented. He will be so missed. Have always admired Carols devotion and loyalty to him and his career.

Claudia Williams Nov 30 2020 12:00 AM

I remember Gail acknowledging my mom when he and his band were performing a show at the old Ritz theater. She was thrilled. Also I remember Uncle Joker's shetland ponies on which we four Sorenson kids got a ride, not all at once of course. I aways admired Gail's musical skills. May he rest in peace.

Dave Sorenson Nov 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Gail Burns

David and Carolyn Andres Nov 27 2020 12:00 AM

When I was growing up, I loved visiting the Burns farm near Delavan and, especially, playing, talking and singing with my wonderful cousin Gail. Virginia "Ginny" Gamble-Gerboth

Ginny Gerboth Nov 26 2020 12:00 AM

Gail was one of the BJ4 and one of my Dads best buddies. I remember them practicing into the wee hours when I was a little kid. Im thinking of you all during this time. Paula Cooper

Paula Cooper Nov 25 2020 12:00 AM

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