Burns Bassett Brimhall


(Oct. 30, 2009)

Longtime Cody businessman Burns Bassett Brimhall died at his home on Oct. 30, 2009. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery.

Burns was born in Lovell on Feb. 12, 1946 to Mary Eliza Brimhall and Hazen Burns Brimhall. He was the youngest of eight children.

Burns graduated from high school in Lovell in 1963 and joined the Army National Guard in 1965. He received an honorable discharge in October 1971.

In 1967, Burns married Sue Crosby. Together they had three children, Amy, Burns and Jackson.

Shortly after high school, Burns graduated from meat-cutting school in Salt Lake City. He worked as a meat-cutter in Greybull and  in Wendover, Nev. before a business partnership with Chuck Kinder helped create ABC Packing in Cody. He worked there for three years, and during the time between selling ABC Packing and purchasing The Zero Box Meat Processing Plant, Burns worked for Julian Construction.

Burns and Sue owned the Zero Box for 15 years until selling the business in 1984. That same year Burns purchased the Downtowner Liquors and Lounge. In 2008 Burns sold the Downtowner, and he and Sue retired.

Burns was known for his savvy business skills, his straight-forward attitude and his impeccable honesty and work ethic.

He is survived by his wife, Sue; his children Amy Norby (Mike) and Burns and Jackson Brimhall; granddaughters Rylie and Rowan Norby and Christen Grant (Sky); sisters Ruby Reno of Powell and Patsey Hudspeth of Lovell; and his brother Harlow Brimhall, also of Lovell.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Linda Brimhall and Shirley Norton, and his brothers, Keith Brimhall and Phil Brimhall.

Funeral services have taken place.