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Rocky C. Burrous

January 16, 1956 — May 14, 2023

Tallahassee, FL.

Rocky C. Burrous passed away suddenly on May 14, 2023 in St. Marys, KS.  Rocky is survived by his parents, Donald and Marilyn Burrous; his wife, Debra Bertels Burrous; his children, Rebecca (Brandon) NeSmith and Tony (Kathryne) Burrous; and five grandchildren Pierce and Myers NeSmith; Olivia, Emily and Sawyer Burrous.  He is also survived by two brothers Rick (Naomi) Burrous and Rex (Lesa) Burrous; and numerous other loving family members.

After attending high school in St. Marys, Rocky served in the U.S. Army from 1974 - 1982. In 1976, while serving in the military he married his high school sweetheart, Debbie.  After an Honorable Discharge he started his career as a Computer Engineer in Huntsville, AL before moving to Dunedin, FL then to Tallahassee, FL.  He and Debbie went on an adventure for 8 years traveling around the country in their RV, and finally settling back in Tallahassee, FL.  

Rocky was a loving and dedicated father and grandfather and will always be known for being "one of the best Grandpas in the history of Grandpas".

A viewing will be held Saturday, May 20th from 2:00 - 4:00 at Piper Funeral Home followed by a short service beginning at 4:00.

Piper Funeral Home - 714 Maple St., St. Marys, KS 66536

Saturday, May 20th

Viewing: 2:00 - 4:00

Service: 4:00

He was an avid scuba diver who loved "to spear massive quantities of sea life to eat".

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made through the funeral home or to the Organization for Artificial Reefs (OAR).  All of the proceeds will go directly to the Organization for Artificial Reefs (OAR) to the Memorial Reef Program for the creation of an artificial Coral Reef that will be named in honor of Rocky and allow him to take one final dive.

We ask that if you donate directly to the organization that you include Rocky's name so that it will go into his  fund for the reef.


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Time: May 20, 2023 03:45 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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