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Joseph Burns

Joseph F. Burns

Friday, February 10th, 1933 - Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
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Joseph F. Burns, of Warminster, passed away at Doylestown Hospital on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was 87.

He was the loving husband of Patricia A. Burns. The couple just celebrated their 43 wedding anniversary on January 29, 2020.

Born in Philadelphia, Joe was a son of the late Joseph and Jane Burns.

Joseph proudly served his country for 31 years. He served in the Navy for 8 years, the Air Force for 13 years, and he spent 10 years on inactive reserve before retiring as Air Force Master Sergeant. Joseph was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism, the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in combat, and the Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Joe spent 15 years as a civil servant and was the air base operability officer for the 913 airlift wing at Willow Grove Military Station in Horsham, PA.

Joe was a parishioner of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Warrington.

In his free time, Joe enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, completing crossword puzzles, and working on his family tree. He also loved watching the Philadelphia Eagles and John Wayne movies, all while writing a book about his life story.

In addition to his wife, Patricia, Joe is survived by his children, Robert Burns (Debra), Catherine Stetto (Robert), Michael Burns, Patricia DiIenno (Dominic), Caroline Biancaniello (John), Michelle Gallagher (Stephen), Theresa Pyrih (Mark); 19 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and a brother, John Burns.

In addition to his parents, Joseph is preceded in death by two brothers James and Thomas Burns.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 856 Euclid Ave., Warrington, PA. Family will receive friends from 8:30 to 10:00 AM prior to the service. Interment will follow at St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to St. Robert Bellarmine Church, at the above address or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 (

Joe will be missed by all.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday March 3, 2020 | 8:30am - 10:00am
    Tuesday March 3, 2020 8:30am - 10:00am
    St. Robert Bellarmine Church
    856 Euclid Avenue
    WARRINGTON, PA 18976
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  • Service

    Tuesday March 3, 2020 | 10:00am
    Tuesday March 3, 2020 10:00am
    St. Robert Bellarmine Church
    856 Euclid Avenue
    WARRINGTON, PA 18976
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  • Interment

    St. John Neumann Cemetery
    County Line and Upper State Rds
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