Marlon Ray Burns, 68, of Richmond IN, passed away on March 19th, 2023.

Marlon was Born on November 21st , 1954 in Richmond, Indiana. Marlon lived many years in Indiana, however Marlon spent several years in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Marlon was an avid sports fan, but specifically a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan (fly eagles fly). Marlon was also an avid music listener, and could often be heard listening to Slave, Mint Condition, George Clinton, and 2pac among many other artists. Marlon could often be found on the grill barbecuing ribs or a brisket, or could be found in the kitchen at any given hour frying chicken.

Marlon was preceded in death by his mother Isabelle Spicer, grandparents Lieutenant and Rosetta Williams, and close friend Vanessa Moore.

Marlon is survived by his loving children Dianna Burns Kirksey(Darrell), Derrick Burns(Rhonda), Clayton Bennett(Ashley), and Mckenzie Burns(Tranaye). Marlon was also loved by his eleven grandchildren Dewann Gibson(Jarae), Etienne Gibson(Kian), Adrion Gibson, Grant Nufrio, Elijah Kirksey, Kailey Burns, Gianna Holston, Gabriel Kirksey, Jae’lyn Bennett, and Kailynn Marie and Karter Mae Burns.

Marlon graduated Richmond High School in 1973, and would tell you that the class of 73’ was the last great class to come out of RHS. Marlon was one of the fastest athletes to come out of Richmond High school, and was a part of the state runner up RHS track and field team of 1973. In the track season of 1973 Marlon won both the 100-yard dash and 220-yard dash at the state meet becoming the first individual to win both the 100 and 220 in the same year. He would often say he had to wear sunglasses as he reentered the atmosphere. Marlon had several offers to run track at the collegiate level, but chose to run at Morehead College.

The family would like to acknowledge special family members

Alicia Frazier Craig, Thomas & Eva Oswald, Joyce Gray, and Richard & Pam Robinson.


“you big dummy”

“can’t make friends with kool-aid”

“peace and more hair grease”

“hey boy what you doing on that bike”

Funeral services will be held at Community Family Funeral Home on Wednesday March 29th, 2023 at 12 p.m. Family and Friends may visit Wednesday at the funeral home two hours prior to the service. Burial will follow at Earlham Cemetery.