Burney Carver, 88, died unexpectedly at his home in Barnesville, Minnesota, on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
Funeral services will be 11a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at St. James United Church of Christ with Rev. Frank Picard officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m. at the Mapleton Cemetery, in Mapleton, North Dakota.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at Dobmeier Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday.
Burney Wayne Carver was born on July 22, 1929, to Roy and Florence May Prather Carver in Atlantic, Iowa. He grew up surrounded by family on a farm in Iowa. He attended school in Atlantic, Iowa.
Burney served his country in the U.S. Army from Oct. 6, 1952 to Sept. 22, 1954. He completed basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and was assigned to electricianís school. He then was sent to Korea where he and 50 other Americans were advisors at the Korean Army Camp. Burney, with the help of an interpreter, helped with the rebuilding of a mess hall that had burned down. Other projects in Korea included a water tower, theater, bridges, and other buildings.
He returned home and farmed in Iowa from 1954-56. Burney was married to Elsiebel (Long) Brindley from 1957-71. He started working for Armour and Company at Vallisca, Iowa, in August 1956. He moved to Greenfield, Iowa in November of 1956 until 1962. Then lived in Sioux Rapids, Iowa, from 1962-85. During these years he was buying hogs for Armour Company. He then lived in St. Paul, Nebraska, from 1985-87, from 1987-89 he lived in Huron, South Dakota, and retired from Armour Company. He moved to Barnesville in 1989, to manage the Dakota Pork Buying Station. They were bought out by John Morrell Co. and he retired from the company when the station was closed. Burney worked for the Clay County Fair Board from 2007-16 maintaining the fair grounds. Burney was married to Jean (Ellison) Lawyer on Nov. 4, 1995, in Mapleton, North Dakota.
Burney has been a member of St. James UCC since 1996. He was also a member of the American Legion Post and lifetime member of the VFW. Burney loved horses and western pleasure riding. He also enjoyed fishing, wood working, and gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Jeanette Almonrode.
Burney is survived by his wife Jean, Barnesville; step children: Sharon Lawyer, Eagan, Minnesota, Launee (Bryan) Hamnes, Bottineau, North Dakota and Roger (Julie) Lawyer, Bismarck, North Dakota; grandsons: Seth Hamness, Bottineau, North Dakota, Joshua Lawyer, Grayson Lawyer, and Gabriel Lawyer, Bismarck, North Dakota; son, Dr. Dennis (Sherry) Carver, Goldendale, Washington; daughter, Linda Carver, Texas; niece, Carol (Larry) Almonrode-Fetters, Des Moines, Iowa; and nephews: Steven (Denise) Almonrode, Des Moine, Iowa, and Roger (Susie) Almonrode, Friona, Texas.
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