In memory of
Johnny Jay Burns Nov. 13, 1951 - Feb. 10, 2020 OKLAHOMA CITY Johnny Jay Burns, , of Oklahoma City, OK, died peacefully Feb. 10, 2020 Mon-day night at the Integris Hospice Center in Oklahoma City with his family by his side. Johnny was born November 13, 1951. He was a warrant officer in the US Army serving in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972 earning a Silver Star medal as a Huey helicopter pilot. Johnny was a medical helicopter pilot at several hospitals in different states, most recently with Oklahoma Medi-flight for many years. Johnny was born in Hutchinson, KS to Bud and Dot Burns on November 13, 1951. He went to school at Burrton, KS. He married Myrna Collins on April 11, 1971 in Burrton, KS. They had one child, KC (Burns) Ortega. He married Debbi (Youker) Bowman on May 12, 1990 in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had one daughter, Sophie Burns and he gained two sons, Thomas and David Bowman. Johnny graduated from US Army Flight School in 1971. He was an Army Veteran of Vietnam and was awarded a Silver Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross. He worked as a helicopter pilot for nearly 50 years, including on offshore oil rigs, Alaska bush flying, and medical air transport. He was also an incredible musician who wrote dozens of original songs and lyrics on the guitar. He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Mary Dot Burns and Bud L.C. Burns. Johnny is survived by his wife Debbi Burns; sons David Bowman, Will Gentry, and Thomas Bowman; daughters K.C. Ortega and Sophie Burns; brother Jim Burns and his wife Coletta; grandchildren Dalton, Cayenne, Noba, Solomon, Marnie, Olivia, and Elliott. Visitation will be held Friday February 14th from 12:00-2:00pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Friday February 14th from 2:00- 4:00pm at Memorial Park Funeral with Pastor Jim Burns from Liberty Baptist Church of Van Wert, OH officiating. Burial will follow on February 15th in Burrton, KS.
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