Ron was born in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Wilfred Cecil and Irene (Oldfield) Burnside on May 25, 1938. His family moved to Watseka, Illinois where he attended Watseka Community High School and he fell in love with cheerleader Sharon Barragree.
He started his flying career as a crop duster in Larned, Kansas and he and Sharon followed the crops and his love of aviation. Ultimately, he retired as a DC10 Captain for United Airlines.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon of 58 years; his brother, Allen (Cindy) of Tucson, AZ; two sons, Scott (Debbie) Burnside of Chesapeake, VA, and James Burnside of Joplin, MO and one daughter, Kathleen Joy of Gulf Breeze, FL; 6 grandchildren, Jason, Kyle, Jesse, Sam, Ella and Tommy; 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and extended family, Jeff and Beth Carter and children.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Olga King.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2:00pm at the Pensacola Beach Elks Lodge #497, 661 Pensacola Beach Blvd., Pensacola Beach, FL 32561. Friends are welcome to join his family in the celebration of his life.