Keith W. Burns, 91, died the afternoon of Feb. 28, 2010, at Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta. Born in Nobleboro on July 4, 1918, he was the son of John and Goldie (Wellman) Burns.

Keith attended Nobleboro schools and graduated from Lincoln Academy in June 1936. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from June 1943 until his honorable discharge in December 1945.

He was employed by the state highway department (Department of Transportation) from 1936 to 1966, retiring in December 1966 after 30 years of dedicated work. He then went to work as a bus driver and custodian at the Nobleboro Central School for several years. He also worked for L.R. French Inc. for about 10 years as well as working as a courier for the First National Bank.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Nobleboro Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Sage Swingers Square Dancers of Brunswick. Keith could always be seen working in his yard or mowing his lawn, which he took great pride in. He will always be remembered for his kind and simple ways and his great sense of humor.

He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, Merton; and a sister, Abby Burns Boynton.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arlene Burns; three children, Ellen Wheeler and her husband, Dick, Keith Burns Jr. and his wife, Darlene, and Pam Hardy and her husband, Ron; eight grandchildren, Mark Keast, Heather Keast, Richard Burns, Rodney Burns, Ryan Burns, Rachel Bailey, Jennifer Elwell and Chris Hardy; as well as 13 great-grandchildren.

A time of visitation will be held Friday, March 5 from 10 to 11 a.m., with a service to follow at 11 a.m. at the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home, 612 Main St. in Damariscotta. He will be laid to rest in the Dunbar Cemetery in Nobleboro. Condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556.