Thomas Francis Burns, 83, a former U.S. Marine pilot and retired Hereford breeder and rancher, died on Friday, April 11, 2003, at his home in Chinook of natural causes.

A memorial service will be May 24 at 2 p.m. at the Kuper Memorial Cemetery.

Thomas was born at the family ranch near Lohman on Jan. 28, 1920, and graduated from Chinook

High School in 1938. He attended Montana State College in Bozeman in 1942 and earned a bachelor of science degree in botany and bacteriology.

Thomas married Ethel Graybill of Great Falls in May of 1943. He was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1943, whe...

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