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1132 E. Plant St.
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Phone: (407) 614-8350
Fax: (407) 614-8349
William Burns

William Alfred Burns

Thursday, September 24th, 1942 - Friday, July 31st, 2020
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William Alfred Burns, 77, of Ocoee, FL passed away peacefully at his home on July 31, 2020.

William was born on September 24th, 1942, in Altoona, AL. He was in the middle of six siblings to parents James Derris Burns and Ruth Estelle Carnell. He grew up in Alabama with his parents and siblings until he enlisted in the Navy. He chose engineering as his career, he was a mechanical engineer and went on to become a Nuclear Engineer. After serving in the Navy for 24 years, he retired as a Master Chief Naval Officer, which was the highest enlisted grade. After retirement, he wanted to continue to serve and chose to join American Maritime Officers, after another 20 years had his second retirement. During his 44 years of service to our country, he was awarded with; Medal of Honor, Navy Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Medal, (3) Good Conduct Medals, (2) Navy Expeditionary Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (with 4 bronze stars), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (with device), (2) Sea Service Deployment Ribbons and (4) Battle “E” Ribbons.

He loved to fish, loved music, loved working on cars and motorcycles. He also grew his own fruits and vegetables. He had a great ear for music and taught himself how to play the guitar and piano. He loved to play for his family and friends. He was always ready to tell a good joke along with share some great stories. He had a heart of gold and would be the first to lend a hand to anyone who needed it.

He was predeceased by all 5 of his siblings, his son Kevin Derris Burns and his grandson Daniel Logan Roa. He is survived by his wife: Ana Lucia Burns, daughters: Melody Burns, Cindy Burns Contino and son Preston Lamar Burns. 7 Grandsons, 4 Granddaughters and 7 great grandchildren.

William’s arrangements are in the caring guidance of Winter Oak Funeral Home, 1132 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations
    Address
    1132 E Plant St
    WINTER GARDEN, FL 34787
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  • Service

    Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 | 4:30pm
    When
    Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 4:30pm
    Location
    Winter Oak Funeral Home & Cremations
    Address
    1132 E Plant St
    WINTER GARDEN, FL 34787
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Vincenzo Ronchi
  • Interment

    Location
    Winter Garden Cemetery
    Address
    13636 Lake Butler Blvd
    WINTER GARDEN, FL 34787
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    Notes
    Internment will take place on Saturday August 15, 2020 at 11:00am, with the U.S. NAVY performing the Military Honors.

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