Virgil Bert Burns of St. Ignatius, Mont., died June 11, 2013, at St. Patrick's Hospital. He was 73.
He was born in Paonia Nov. 4, 1939, to R.B. "Slim" and Betty Burns. He worked on the family ranch with his siblings. He attended Paonia High School where he played football and basketball and ran track.
After graduation he rodeoed with his brothers in Montana. He joined the U.S. Air Force and served in France and Germany. When he returned to the United States he trained horses and rode in rodeos. He moved to Redstone where he started his first outfitting business.
On Dec. 31, 1966, he married Barbara Jo Caskey in Aspen. The couple lived near Aspen for a few years before moving to Fort Collins where he attended the School of Veterinary Medicine. They moved to Seeley Lake, Mont., in 1974, where he established the Bob Marshall Wilderness Ranch, a hunting and fishing lodge. In 1976 they bought a ranch in St. Ignatius.
Mr. Burns was an outfitter for 50 years. He and his family raised mules and performance horses.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jo; his daughter, Shannon; his son, Braiden and wife Brenda; his grandsons, Connor and Cason; and a sister, Elizabeth Hillier.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Bob Ott; and his three brothers, Archie, Jerry and Allen.
Services were held June 29 at Mission Valley United Methodist Church in St. Ignacius, Mont.