Wayne A. Burnsworth, 68

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Wayne A. Burnsworth, 68, of Libby, MT, and a former Sherrodsville resident, was called home to the Lord Dec. 15, 2020, following a short bout with cancer.

He was the son of the late Hubert V. Burnsworth Sr. and Hannah Eleanor Burnworth Burnsworth.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert V. Burnswoth, Jr.

He leaves behind his wife of 20 years, Verna M. (Rothacher) Burnsworth; his children, Shayne Russell of Libby, MT, Joy Haren and Rebecca Koah, both of Canton and Wayne Burnsworth of Niles, OH; his step-children, Samantha Zellhart of Akron, Josh Zellhart of Libby, MT and Jeanna Gearling of Canton; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Nancy (Eugene) Keplinger of Scio and Mrs. Carol (James) Henry of Tippecanoe; and many nephews and nieces. 

His great passion and wish was to move to Montana and spend his days fishing and hunting spending time with his horses and playing music.

He was a great musician who excelled at playing guitar, mandolin and singing. He conducted open jam sessions for anyone wanting to play music at Libby Care Center and the Assisted Living Center in Libby with his band “For God and Country”. His band also played for the Troy Senior Center and other multiple events and gatherings.

He was a proud veteran of the United States Army and fought for our country. He served two tours in Vietnam, Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He also served as an officer for Carroll County Sheriff’s Office  and served as Sherrodsville village Chief of Police.

Wayne was the type to help anyone in need and great at collecting and making friends. He stood his ground on Christian beliefs, included the Lord in everything he did. 

He is deeply loved and will be missed by all friends and family. 

A graveside service honoring Wayne’s life will be conducted at 11 a.m. Dec. 23 in Leesville Cemetery with Pastor Dan Parson officiating.  Interment will follow services. A private family visitation will be observed in the Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville.  To leave an online condolence message, visit www.baxtergardner.com.

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