John B. Burleson, 80, of Lake Brownwood, died at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22 at a Brownwood nursing home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26 at Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Brownwood with burial in Richland Springs Cemetery. Born March 15, 1920, in Bangs to John Bradley and Anna Rose Mooney Burleson, Sr., he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from Sept. 1939 to June 1941 when he was discharged in order to serve in the Department of State (Foreign Service) in Tsing Tao, China. After China was invaded by Japan, Mr. Burleson was imprisoned in a POW camp until he was exchanged for Japanese political prisoners in Nigeria where he served from September 1942 until March 1943. He served the remainder of his career in the War Department in New Orleans, being released in February 1945. He received his Bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from the School of Mines at the University of Nevada in Reno. On June 10, 1961, Mr. Burleson married Elizabeth Brown in Reno. After his retirement from the U.S. Geological Survey, he became a self employed real estate appraiser. He had been a resident of Brown County since 1983. He was a member of the Rocky Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; a son, John Andrew Burleson and his wife, Anita, of Plano; two daughters, Katie Rhodes and her husband, Troy, and Lisa Bennie and her husband, Bobby, all of Lake Brown-wood; and five grandchildren.