Dr. Burnis Harvey Bushong, 94, Marion, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 6:45 p.m. on May 17, 2020, at Colonial Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center in Marion. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, on October 12, 1925, to Donald and Atlanta (Simpkins) Bushong. On June 9, 1946, he married Thelma M. Cline, and she preceded him in death on November 11, 2014, after 68 years of marriage.
Burnis graduated from Chicago Evangelistic Institute and later from Drake University in 1956 with a Master’s Degree in Latin American History. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, in 1977.