In Memory

Thomas Murray Bursott - Class Of 1964

Thomas Murray Bursott

Thomas M. "Tom" Bursott, 71, of Olney, passed away on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Helia Healthcare in Olney.  Tom was born on September 25, 1946 in Olney, IL, the son of Fred and Marjorie (Murray) Bursott.

Tom was a US Army Vietnam Veteran and served in the First Cavalry. He received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained during combat. Tom graduated from Vincennes University and then received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University. He was an insurance adjuster for GAB for many years and in several states. He then returned to Olney and worked with his cousin Ron Janes as an adjuster. Tom enjoyed traveling and photography. He owned several dogs and took pleasure in caring for them. Tom read extensively and enjoyed history. Tom especially enjoyed getting together with family. He will be missed by his family and friends.

Tom is survived by his sister, Bonnie Harden and husband Bob of Lakeland, FL; cousin, Millie Janes of Olney, IL; second cousins, Randy Janes and his wife Marcie and their family, Sue Janes, Amy Kinkade and husband Steve and their family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and cousin, Ron Janes.

Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Crest Haven Memorial Park.  Full Military Rites will be performed.

Kistler-Patterson Funeral Home obituary & photo – August 20, 2018

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08/21/18 08:46 PM #1    

Dennis K. Foreman (1964)

It's always a shock when one of your old friends passes away, espcially when you've lost touch.  May God find a good place for him in heaven and comfort those who miss him.

08/22/18 12:32 PM #2    

Beverly Anderson (Drake) (1964)

I’m so sorry to hear about Tom. He was such a nice person. Roger Smith, Tom and I went to our senior prom together because none of us had a date. Roger was my official prom date but Tom was the only one with a car. We had a great time. Through the years I’ve lost contact with him. My condolences to his family and friends.

08/23/18 04:08 PM #3    

Susan Wall (Martin) (1964)

Tom was a very nice person and a lot of fun.  I'm happy to know that he had a good life surrounded by his extended family.  


08/26/18 05:22 PM #4    

Suzi Cammon (1964)

It's so very hard to let go of those who were kind and considerate to others.  Tom(or Tommy, as I knew him) was both.  Big hugger with a great sense of humor who always found a way to encourage and compliment others, no matter the dilemma.  Tommy was outgoing, positive, caring and sincere.  What a great, big teddy bear!  Rest in peace, Tommy - love and comfort to your family, loved ones and friends.heart

08/27/18 02:06 PM #5    

Jan Roberts (Burton) (1964)

Jan Roberts Burton Many good memories of high school shenanigans. Blessed to have known you Tom.


08/27/18 08:07 PM #6    

Jana Phillips (Quigg) (1964)


I have often wondered what happened to Tom. I always remembered him as happy and one who loved people. Was really impressed in him awarded the Purple Heart.  So glad he had a loving family.  


Jana Quigg

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