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Alton Burns

d. April 13, 2022

Vadnais Heights, Minnesota


Alton F.

Age 84 of Vadnais Heights

Passed away peacefully on April 13, 2022

Survived by wife, Patricia Ann (Howell); daughters, Shelly (Gregg) Nemitz, Kathy Burns; grandchildren, Grant Burns, Daniel (Bailey) Nemitz, Adam (Leigh) Nemitz, Olivia (Avery) Peterson; nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by parents, Ralph and Helen; sister, Darlene; grandson, Steven.

Alton was born and raised in Minot, ND, where he met his wife Pat when they were young teenagers. They married September 1, 1957. After earning his music degrees at Minot State University and Colorado State in Greeley, Alton started his teaching career in North Dakota. In 1966 his young family moved to St. Paul where he taught band at Murray High School and Como High School. He mentored countless young people throughout his career. Music was his life, playing in a number of dance bands for over 50 years, starting in high school.

Alton was a man of many interests, most of which were outdoor activities. He enjoyed flying, fishing, hunting, golfing, and reading. He was a licensed pilot who logged in many hours in the sky, flying small aircraft. He was a competitive bass fisherman who won countless trophies. Alton loved North Dakota and the expanse of the beautiful sky. He went there for many years in the fall to hunt with family. He was also a great storyteller.

There will be a visitation at 4-6pm, Wednesday, April 20 at BRADSHAW, 4600 Greenhaven Dr, and a private family interment at Union Cemetery, White Bear Lake. Memorials preferred to Alzheimer's Association.

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