Kenneth E. Burns passed away at his home in Essex Junction on Saturday, June 30, 2012. He was born in Colchester on Nov. 29, 1926, the son of the late Burt and Azilda (Patneaude) Burns. He graduated from Essex High School in 1944. Ken started his career at Robinson Fuel in Essex Junction right after high school and continued on to work at Green Mountain Power. GMP was purchased by Vt. Gas Systems, during which Ken was promoted to Supervisor of the Service Department. He left Vt. Gas Systems to begin work at IBM, where he retired in 1987. Ken married Rita D. Fleming in 1951 and they had five children. Ken and Rita were avid campers and as the children grew, they visited many public and private campgrounds in Vermont. They loved to travel and visited such places as Washington, D.C., Tennessee, and Hawaii. Ken is survived by his wife. Also among his survivors is a son, Jeff of Shelburne. There will be no public visiting hours per Ken’s wishes. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 11 am at St. Pius X Church in Essex. Inurnment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.