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Son of Boyd and Roxie Barnum of Ava Burrel L. Barnum, age 69, passed away Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at his home near Warsaw, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
He was born on April 11, 1937, at Ava, the son of Boyd and Roxie Barnum. He attended school at Ava, and on Sept. 2, 1955, enlisted into the United States Army. He was honorably discharged on Sept. 30, 1961.
He was employed at Agco Corporation in Independence, and retired in 1992 to Warsaw to be close to Truman Lake and the big crappie. A friend once said that Burrel could catch a fish out of the bathtub.
Burrel was married to Ila Maas on Sept. 5, 1961, and she survives of the home. Also surviving are three sons, Bob Barnum and his wife, Linda, of Odessa, David Barnum of Cole Camp, and Kenneth Barnum of the home; one granddaughter, Kimberly Williams, and a great-grandson, Haden Williams, all of Ava; a brother, Jack Barnum, and his wife, Nadine, of Independence; numerous relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Burrel L. Barnum were held Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw, with the Rev. Art Smith officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Warsaw.
Visitation preceded the service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Benton County Cancer Fund or the Benton County Hospice in care of the Reser Funeral Home, Warsaw. Messages of condolences may be left on line at www.reser funeralhome.com.