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Luther ‘Ab’ Abner

April 30, 2012 by

Luther ‘Ab’ Abner ‚Burns, 98, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in Redding, Calif.
He was born on Feb. 10, 1914 in Baker to Luther Burns and Sarah ‘Ella’ Howrey. Ab was the oldest of seven children.
Ab’s family moved to south-central Lakeview, when Ab was six years old.  His father found a place on the west side of Goose Lake.  The family lived in a three-room shack with a lean-to.  Ab used to talk about the years in Lakeview as ‚there was a lot of sagebrush, geese and cold winters. Ab remembers his father working as a ranch hand and that they always had food on the table and clean clothes on their backs.  Ab was seven years old before he started school in Lakeview.  Ab’s family moved from Lakeview in the spring of 1931 to the Langell Valley, near Bonanza.  Ab graduated from Bonanza High School in 1934 with a dozen other classmates.
Ab worked as a cowboy in his early years on ranches in Southern Oregon and Northern California before moving to the Central Valley area in California.  His parents opened a pool hall and tavern, called the Covered Wagon, on Front Street in Central Valley.  Ab worked on the Shasta Dam and the Pit River Bridge.  He attended a commercial art school in Santa Monica until WWII when he was drafted into the army in 1942.  He was in the Army Corps of Engineers and went to the South Pacific where he helped build airfields, bridges, sawmills, and repair roads.
After returning from the war he began a successful sign painting business.  He retired in 1972 and began his love of canvas painting.  One of Ab’s well-known paintings is the‚ ‘Three Shastas’, that hangs in the John Beaudet Senior Center in Shasta Lake City.
Ab was an avid gardener with something always growing in his yard.  Ab also recorded the amount of rain in Shasta Lake (Central Valley) since 1951 and reported his data to the State Department of Water Resources every year.
Ab’s parents and all of his siblings preceded him in death.
Ab was married to Leona Manley Burns for almost 49 years.  Leona preceded Ab in death.
Ab is survived by many nephews and nieces that live in California, Oregon and Washington and many friends from far and near.
Ab Burns was a great person who will be missed by many.

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