Donald J. Burris







Donald John Burris

Virden – Donald John Burris, 89 of Virden, IL, passed away Saturday August 17, 2019 at his residence.

Don was born in Virden, IL, a son of Paul E. and Margaret (Hall) Burris. He was a member of the First Baptist
Church in Virden, IL, and was a 1947 graduate of Virden High School. Don served in the U.S. Army stationed in Japan during the Korean War. He worked for over 38 years for the CUSD # 4 in maintenance and as a school bus driver. Don married Helen Anderson May 15, 1955 in Virden, IL.

Don is survived by his wife Helen of 64 years, a daughter, Peggy (William C.) Wilkinson of Helena, MT, a son, Lindell (Hilda M.) Burris of Girard, IL, grandchildren, Ryan and Eric Burris and Seth Peterson, a great Grandchild, Dorian Peterson, sister Paula (John) Sommer of Torrington, WY, two nieces and cousins. Preceding in death were his parents, Paul E. and Margaret Burris, and a granddaughter, Tracy Lynn Burris.

There will be no visitation, Calvert & Ferry Funeral Home Virden, IL is in charge of arrangements. Private Family Graveside Services were held at Virden Cemetery with Rev. John Parrish officiating. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 157 W Jackson St, Virden, IL, or to Memorial Home Hospice Services, 236 E Union, Springfield, IL. There will be a Memorial Service at the First Baptist Church Virden, IL on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Please visit to leave a comment for the family.

12 thoughts on “Donald J. Burris

  1. Don made the most of every moment God gave him. He was so good to so many. It wasn’t work—it was just in his heart & soul . What a blessing he was to the Virden community.

    We have missed visiting ( & sharing lots of laughs ) at the annual Brandt Event.

    Praying for you..& wishing you peace.

  2. Sending thoughts and Prayers to the Burris family. Don was the best bus driver. I would always pick his bus to ride. He drove us all over. My Greatest ride was my Jr. Year of High School. He drove 17 of us with Mrs. McNaught to Chestnut Ski Resort, Galeana,I’ll. Best trip ever and Donnie and I were roomys, being we were the only 2 guys on the bus. From class trips to Swim lessons in Carlinville, to ALL our Sports events , chorus singing contest. Donnie will always hold a special place in my heart. Rest in Peace my BUS DRIVER . May the Burris Family feal all the Love , Support and Prayers to you ALL.

  3. Helen & Family,
    Please know how very sorry I am for your lose. I remember many good years of driving the school bus with Don at Virden. May God’s love make your grief bearable. Shirley Worth

  4. Prayers for Helen & family. I really enjoyed reconnecting with Don over the last few years at church & reliving stories of the days when I rode his bus!

  5. Don was my bus driver, great guy with kids. He was a kind man and always s me smiling. Will be missed. Larry Quinn class of 66.

  6. We know Don is celebrating in heaven with many loved ones. He is free of all pain. Our hearts hurt for the many loved ones left behind. We ask God to provide His comfort for each one. We ask for wisdom and strength for those making decisions. We pray for Helen and the “kids” and grandkids as they travel the road of letting go and gathering rich memories and living lives celebrating the legacy of Don Burris.

  7. Don was a wonderful christian man. He always had candy in his pocket for the children at church and a smile for all. He will greatly be missed.

  8. Helen and Family –

    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for your loss.
    Don was a fine man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

    Carole S. Hunter-Aubrey

  9. I’m so sorry to hear of Dons passing. Just a super nice guy. He drove the school bus with my dad and was always so nice to me.

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