Van C. Burroughs
December 8, 1919 – November 11, 2014

Lyons – Van, 94, died November 11 in Lebanon. He was born in Paraloma, AR moving to Stayton in 1973 from California and living in Lyons the last 10 years.

Van served in the US Navy during WWII, Korea and Vietnam, teaching welding on jet engines. He was serving aboard the USS Hornet when it sank. Van later owned and operated Van’s Customs Steel, making beautiful rod iron metal masterpieces around Stayton, including the Star on the water tower and the water fountain at Pioneer Park.

He was a member of the Kiwanis, the Mason’s, and the Shriner’s Scottish Rite Temple holding the 32 degree. Van made the bathtubs that the Shriner’s use in parades and later a Fez used in parades. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and square dancing. Van was always volunteering and signed up over 190 children for Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

He married Betty Love on March 15, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA. Van is survived by his wife: Betty of Lyons; children: Vanna Hoop of Sublimity and Dan Burroughs of Lyons; 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 brothers.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 2-5 pm at the Masonic Hall 122 N. Third Avenue in Stayton. Contributions may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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