Benjamin W. Burns, age 78 of Talmage, NE passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at his home.
Ben was born on February 7, 1940 in the College view area in Lincoln, NE; the son of Elwood N. and Gladys (Larsen) Burns. He graduated from Talmage High School in 1959.
On June 17, 1961, Ben was united in marriage to Jean Oltman in Talmage, NE. On April 5, 1963, he joined the United States Navy and proudly served his country until his honorable discharge on April 26, 1967.
After his discharge from the Navy, Ben continued working as an Electrician for many years. He was a member of the IBEW Local Union 265 for over 60 years. He also became certified to teach Journeyman Electrical classes and taught at Southeast Community College (SCC).
Ben was very active in his community where he served ase Mayor of Talmage and served on the Village Council for 35 years. In addition, he was a member of the Talmage Fire and Rescue and the Talmage American Legion where he was past Commander and Adjutant.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jean Burns of Talmage; two brothers: Ronald Burns and wife Lois of Aurora, NE and John Ingle and wife Sherry of Yakima, WA; other family and friends.
Ben was preceded in death by his parents and sister Susan Russell in 2008.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Charter Oak Community Church in Talmage, NE with Pastor James Garfield officiating. Inurnment will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Talmage with Military Honors conducted by the Talmage American Legion.
Remembrances may be left at www.gudefuneralhomes.com.
Gude Mortuary in Nebr. City is in charge of arrangements.