Published 12:00 am Friday, October 31, 2008
Harold R. Burroughs, 93
Harold R. Burroughs, 93, formerly of Austin, died on Oct. 30, 2008 in LaGrange, Ky.
Harold was born June 19, 1915 in Faribault, Minn. to Glen and Mary Burroughs. He moved to Austin at an early age, grew up in Austin and graduated from Austin High School in 1934. Harold worked a few years for Griggs Cooper, then Hormel Foods and retired after 36 years.
Harold served in World War II and spent three and a half years overseas under Patton’s 3rd Army. He was a member of the 4th Armored Division in combat for five months. As an instructor of French troops he was awarded the French Alpine Hunting Horn and the French Croix Grau. His other decorations include the Bronze Star and Cluster, the Purple Heart with Cluster, ETO Ribbons, plus three major battle stars. Harold stayed in the Reserve following the war and rose to the rank of lieutanent colonel. He retired in 1976.
On Sept. 27, 1942 he was united in marriage to Dorothy M. Heimsness in Rossville, Ga. They had one son, Richard Owen Burroughs. In 1999 Harold moved to Louisville, Ky. where he lived with his son and daughter-in-law. He lived there until his death.
Harold was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Elks. He also belonged to an Army Reserve Unit, the Lions Club and was a member of the Legion Drum Corps. He served on the Austin Library Board, the Park and Recreation Board and the Austin Country Club.
Survivors include his son, Richard (Barbara) Burroughs, Louisville, Ky.; two granddaughters: Mary Beth, Sumter, S.C., Angie, Chicago, Ill.; two step-grandchildren: Robert Richard, Mission, Kan., Chris Clark, Sacramento, Calif.; nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, on May 3, 1998; parents; brother, William; sister, Hazel; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Mr. and Mrs. Paul Knoble, Mr. and Mrs. James O. Smith, Wilbur and Anne Heimsness, Ruth Knoble, Catherine Burroughs, Mr. and Mrs. George Dugan.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, 2008 at Mayer Funeral Home with the Reverend Ron Barnett officiating. Friends may call from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and one hour before the service at Mayer Funeral Home on Monday. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post No. 91. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice Palliative Care of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY, 40205-3224.