Burnell met and married Lorna Hohbach in 1953 in Marcus. Together they farmed for many years. Burnell had a love for farming, John Deere and his grandchildren.
Burnell was preceded in death by his parents; and mother and father-in-law.
Burnell will be remembered by his wife Lorna of Alta; his five children, Jeannette O'Dell of Sheldon, Bradley (Trudy) Schroeder of Alta, Craig (Trudy) Schroeder of Alta, Luann (Dave) Warner of Clive, and Rebecca Schroeder of Clive; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister; one brother; three sister-in-laws and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
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