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Visitation

Fiksdal Funeral Service
Friday December 29th, 2017
5:00pm - 7:00pm

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Funeral Service

United Methodist Church
Saturday December 30th, 2017
2:00pm

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John Bury

BRISTOL – John Bury, 103 of Bristol passed away Friday December 22, 2017 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. His funeral will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday December 30, 2017 at United Methodist Church in Bristol. Burial will be in the Bristol Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 5-7 at the funeral home and prior to services at the church on Saturday. in Lieu of flowers he family prefers memorials directed to Sun Dial Manor, P.O. Box 337, Bristol, SD 57219. John was born June 27, 1914 at the Bury home east of Bristol, South Dakota. He attended country school for his elementary years in Kidder Township at the Gustafson School and graduated from Bristol High School in 1934. He married Thera Atkinson in September of 1940. They lived in the house he had built for them on land his dad had given him. The first year of their married life, they farmed with horses and had chickens, sheep, hogs, and milk cows. John’s first tractor, a John Deere, was purchased in 1941 when the horses met their demise by a passing train. John farmed with his father until 1952 when he purchased the farm. He retired from farming in 1980 when his son, Paul, bought the farm. After retirement, John and Thera enjoyed traveling in their 5th wheel and pickup. In later years they traveled to distant places by bus and had the opportunity to go to England for an overseas adventure. John and Thera moved to their daughter (Lorna’s) home near Willmar, Minnesota in 2003. He was thankful to have shared 64 years of marriage with Thera who passed away in November 2004. While in Minnesota he enjoyed gardening, working in his woodshop, and watching TV. He moved to Sun Dial Manor in Bristol in December 2016. John enjoyed farming, was involved in the Bristol community and served on the school board, church and township boards. He took special pride that he was on the original Sun Dial Manor board on which he served for the first 10 years. Even after John moved to Minnesota, he did his best to attend Sun Dial’s annual meetings. He loved visiting, calling friends and relatives, and writing letters. Church was an important part of John’s life. As a boy he attended the German Methodist Church south of his home, the Holiness Methodist Church in Bristol for 50 years, and the United Methodist Church in Bristol. While in Minnesota, he attended both the Kerkhoven Evangelical Free Church and Living Hope in Willmar. John leaves behind four sons and two daughters; Robert and Jan Bury of Bismarck, ND, Steve and Fay Bury of Boyce, LA, Richard and Jeannette Bury of Aurora, CO, Paul and Kathryn Bury of Bristol, SD, Merry and Wayne Shervey of Canby, OR and Lorna and Dan Cook of Pennock, MN. His other living relatives include 25 grandchildren/step-grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren/step-grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, extended family Redetta Jensen and Patsy Cox, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, six sisters, one brother, a grandson and a step-grandson.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you remember and celebrate Uncle John's life. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15

Don and Jane Huwe Dec 29 2017 12:00 AM

Our sympathy to your family for the loss of John he was such a wonder man with a very kind heart and tender soul he will be missed by many. May you find comfort knowing that he is now home, God Bless

Shawn Sigdestad Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Bury

Shawn Sigdestad Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

Our family will always remember Uncle John for his big heart! He loved everyone and always was involved with his family,friends and church. His brother and sisters always enjoyed being together! Church and family loved to get together for dinner and all were good cooks! We all loved him!

LaVonne and Phillip Schmalle Dec 28 2017 12:00 AM

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Phil Millage Dec 26 2017 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of my Friend and your Father. I have so many wonderful memories growing up as neighbors. During the silage cutting days I anxiously waited to arrive home from school to hang out at the silo with Johnny and Barney Klein. I will so miss my corresponding with Johnny as we both would reminisce over years gone by. He was such an inspiration for growing old as he wrote of how he spent his last years in Pennock. We regret that we are unable to attend his service as we leave tomorrow morning for Mesa. The Bury family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Curt & Shirley Swedlund

Curt & Shirley Swedlund Dec 26 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Bury

Curt & Shirley Swedlund Dec 26 2017 12:00 AM

We remember John(and his wife Thea) as pillars in the community. We send our sympathy to the family as they pay their respect to one they have loved and cared for. Memories are wonderful and precious. God bless you. vera parks and family

vera parks Dec 25 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about John, but happy he and Thera can spend Christmas together. He was such a great man and he was always interested in anything connected to Bristol, to the school, to the church, and to his friends. I am sending love and sympathy to all of his family. Alice Jean

Alice Jean Peterson Dec 23 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Bury

Alice Jean Peterson Dec 23 2017 12:00 AM