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Charles F. "Charlie" Burnia - Drowned at Wappapello

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Charles F. "Charlie" Burnia - Drowned at Wappapello

Posted: 22 May 2006 7:06AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Burnia, DeClue, Nicholson, Weiler, Martin, Cox, Snyder, Abney, Fuller, Blankenship, Gibson, Tiefenauer,
CHARLIE BURNIA ~~

DESLOGE - Charlie F. Burnia, 32, of Desloge, Mo., passed away July 9, 2005, at Wappapello Lake, Mo.

Burnia was born June 25, 1973, at Farmington.

He was preceded in death by father, Charles R. Burnia, grandparents, Frank and Dovie Burnia and Walter and Stella DeClue.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Nicholson Burnia, Desloge; two children, Charles Andrew and Abby Burnia, both of the home; his mother, Sharon and Dale Weiler, Ste. Genevieve; step-father, Leonard Martin of Park Hills; two brothers, Kevin and wife Anetta Burnia of Desloge and Billy Martin and Shelly of Park Hills, Mo.; sister, Stephanie and Tony Cox, Bonne Terre; step-brother, Wayne and Carla Martin of Park Hills. Three step-sisters, Donna and Joe Snyder of Park Hills, Carol and Marty Abney, of Doe Run, Mo.; Diana and Jeff Fuller of Park Hills, Mo. A number of nieces and nephews and aunts, uncles, and cousins survive. Also, best friends Danny Blankenship, Brad Gibson, Cale Tiefenauer and special cousin Ricky Burnia.

Visitation will be at the Horton-Wampler Funeral Home from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Services for Charlie Burnia will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Horton-Wampler Funeral Home with speaker, special friend, Charlie Allen. Burial will be at the Leadwood Cemetery. A trust fund has been set up for donations at Leadco Community Credit Union.
DAILY JOURNAL/July 13, 2005

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DESLOGE MAN DROWNS AT LAKE WAPPAPELLO

WAPPAPELLO - A Desloge man drowned at Lake Wappapello over the weekend. The body of Charles Burnia, 32, Desloge, was recovered by the Wayne County Sheriff's Department at 7:08 a.m. on Sunday.

According to the Missouri State Water Patrol, Burnia and Bradley Gibson, 27, Leadwood, were out on Lake Wappapello when their 16-foot bass boat broke down at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Saturday. Burnia got out of the boat while Gibson was in the back working to restart the boat. Gibson reportedly heard Burnia call for help and then reached the side of the boat in time to see the victim slip under the water.

Gibson jumped in the water and dove for Burnia, but was unable to locate him. Officers began dragging operations to locate Burnia, but recovery was not made. Recovery operations ceased on Saturday night and resumed at first light on Sunday.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department recovered Burnia's body Sunday morning in five feet of water.

Burnia's body was taken to Morrison-Worley Funeral Home.
DAILY JOURNAL/July 11, 2005
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PROSECUTOR CHARGES LEADWOOD MAN WITH INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER --
By C.CLINE\Daily Journal Staff Writer.

WAYNE COUNTY - Charges were filed Monday against a Leadwood man in relation to the drowning of Charles Burnia, 32, Desloge, that occurred on July 9 at Lake Wappapello. Bradley J. Gibson, 27, Leadwood, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the first degree. The charges were filed by Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Kiser.

According to the probable cause statement, Gibson and Burnia were boating in Wappapello Lake when they stopped the boat in a shallow area were people swim and Burnia exited the boat and drowned.

The statement continues that Burnia jumped out of the boat and wanted Gibson to get into the water and Gibson did not want to. Burnia got back into the boat and tried to push Gibson into the water. Gibson stated that when Burnia pushed him, he grabbed Burnia by the arm and they both went into the water. Gibson stated Burnia hit the side of his head on the boat motor as they fell into the water.

Gibson said he got back into the boat and Burnia yelled for help at which time he (Gibson) started the boat and began to circle Burnia in the water. Gibson said he believed Burnia was joking and when he realized he was not, he nosed the boat towards Burnia and believes he probably hit Burnia with the boat.

The statement also said witnesses stated they saw a man in the water yelling for help and another man circling him in a boat yelling "swim."

The probable cause statement claims as a result of Gibson's negligence, Burnia drowned.

The initial report released by the Missouri State Water Patrol said Burnia and Gibson were out on Lake Wappapello when their 16-foot bass boat broke down at approximately 7:15 p.m. on July 9 [2005], Burnia got out of the boat while Gibson was in the back working to restart the boat. Gibson reportedly heard Burnia call for help and then reached the side of the boat in time to see the victim slip under the water.

Gibson jumped into the water and dove for Burnia, but was unable to locate him. Officers began dragging operations to locate Burnia, but recovery was not made. Recovery operations ceased on that day and resumed the following morning.

The Wayne County Sheriff's Department recovered Burnia's body on July 10 in five feet of water.

DAILY JOURNAL/Aug. 24, 2005

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