Nicholas James Burns, 92, N6803 County Highway BB, Plainfield, a noted area potato farmer, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at St. Michael’s Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul Catholic Church in Plainfield, with the Rev. Foustin Misakabo officiating. Burial will be in St. Martin’s Cemetery in the town of Almond.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Boston Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in his name for St. Paul Catholic Church building fund.
Mr. Burns was born May 23, 1908, in the town of Almond, a son of the late Nicholas and Hannah (Tobin) Burns. He graduated from Almond High School. He worked for a time as welder with the A.O. Smith Co.
He was married to Ardine Kleist on May 29, 1935, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Lanark.
The couple settled in Almond in 1935 and moved to Plainfield in 1960.
He drilled the first deep irrigation well in the area, bringing the resurgence of potato growing. He established the farming operation that his family continues to operate today.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 1170 in Stevens Point.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, James Jr. (Betty), Almond, and Daniel (Nancy), Stevens Point; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four sisters and one brother.