Donald L. Burley

Donald L. Burley, 85, of Olathe, KS, passed away on March 26th, 2019. Don was born on October 15th, 1933 in Trenton, Michigan to William and Sophia (Bernt) Burley. Don married the love of his life, Ardis Ann Athon, on November 14th, 1953. He went on to serve in the United States Army stationed on the island of Enewetok Atoll from 1954 to 1956. Don continued his career as a radio broadcaster for many different stations. Most notably KMBZ radio where he also became sports director and hosted a call-in sports program as well as a daytime talk show. Don was appreciated for his sharp sense of humor and also his capacity to recall facts and events.  Don is survived by his wife, Ardis; daughter, Jennifer (Jenny) Carole Burley-Krenzer and spouse, Joel; daughter, Laura Lynne Dyer; and grandson, Nathaniel (Nate) Emerson Dyer. 


A funeral service will be held at Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Dr., Shawnee, KS, 66203 at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 30th. Burial at Antioch Pioneer Cemetery at 75th and Antioch in Merriam, KS. 

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9 Comments on “Donald L. Burley”

  1. Sue Sweet Says:

    Sending all my love, thoughts & Prayers.
    Sue Sweet

  2. Jim Overbay Says:

    I worked with Don at KMBC-TV/KMBZ for several years in the 60s and 70s. Smart, funny and all-round great guy. Admired and respected by all co-workers. Condolences to the family.

  3. Corene Says:

    So sorry for your loss. Love you.

  4. Ann Nelson Says:

    Dear Ardis and Family,
    I am saddened to learn of your loss of Don. We were neighbors and friends for many years in Westwood Hills. Don was fine man and an outstanding broadcaster. Our family, from young to old, especially enjoyed his call-in sports program.
    Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with you. Ann Nelson

  5. Marge& John Wagner Says:

    Dear Ardis, Jenny & Laura,
    Sorry to hear about Dons’ passing. Wish we could share our wonderful Don stories with you on Saturday, but we’re not in town. Please know we’re holding you with love & concern in our thoughts.

  6. Steve Veal, Kansas City, Mo. Says:

    So sorry to learn of the passing of this Kansas City radio legend and all-around good guy. I will remember with joy the fall Saturday afternoons listening to Don host the Berbiglia College Scoreboard and anticipation of the score from the Slippery Rock College game. Rest in Peace.

  7. Michael Regan Says:

    Great broadcaster….always enjoyed the way he closed his show…taking 2 or 3 names, putting them together and
    saying this was a so and so production.

  8. Paula Schwach Says:

    Dear Srdis and family,
    Please accept my condolences. Don was a good neighbor and I always enjoyed hearing that great radio voice.
    Mayor Paula Schwach
    Westwood Hills

  9. Laura Lynne Dyer Says:

    Hi Dad, it’s been several months since you transitioned and we know you are in a better place. Your energy is way to big to be gone, we know your humor and creativity are always near.

    I love you.
    Laura Lynne

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