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Ernest R. Burrus,

Ernest R. Burrus, 66, of Coffeyville passed away on Friday, May 10, 2024, at his home.


He was born on January 30, 1958, in Wichita, Kansas to Kenneth and Ella Fern (Gentry) Burrus. Raised in Howard, Kansas, he graduated from Howard High School and furthered his education at Tulsa Welding School. Ernie spent most of his professional life as a skilled mechanic, working in the auto repair industry in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. In 2023 he moved to Coffeyville, Kansas, where he enjoyed his retirement.


Ernie was a man of many passions. He was particularly fond of barbecuing and tinkering with motors, a hobby that stemmed from his professional expertise. His pride and joy was his 1968 Plymouth Roadrunner, which he pampered as though it were one of his own children. Above all, Ernie was a family man and the best friend you could ask for.  He deeply loved all his children and grandchildren.  Despite his adventurous spirit, it was his family and friends is what mattered to him the most.


Ernie is survived by his children, Deni Burrus, Keath Flohr and Sammy Allen, his multiple grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Burrus and Ella Fern Burrus, his step-father James Brown, his son, Kenneth Chad Burrus, his brother, Ronnie Workman his grandmother Marie Burrus that he was very close with, and his long life friend Philip Patterson. Ernest's life was marked by a steadfast dedication to his work, an adventurous spirit that drove his love for motors, and an unwavering love for his family. A private Celebration of Life ceremony is planned for May 18th in Coffeyville, KS for his close friends and family. 


We invite you to leave your memories of Ernie and upload photos to the memorial page at Instead of flowers, please make donation in Ernie's others passion, local animal shelters. 


David W. Barnes Funeral Home in Coffeyville is in charge of arrangements.

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