Rawley & Carol
Ike Burns had attended WSU and had plans to become a Veterinarian, specializing in poultry. But plans changed and in 1946 he bought a farm in Boring Oregon, raising poultry, cattle and berries. In 1950 Ike Burns purchased a feed store that had been in business approximately three years and named it Burns Feed Store. From 1950-1964 he ran both the business and farm and then sold the farm.
Son, Rawley Burns, after working at the store as a youngster, serving eight years in USAF, joined the business in 1972 as a partner.
Ike Burns retired in 1977. After living several years in California, he moved back to Oregon. He passed away on September 8th, 2010 at the age of 95, after living a full and wonderful life.
The business has steadily grown through the years from 200sq ft of retail to the present 7000sq ft of retail and approximately 10,000sq ft warehouse.
Customers have changed from larger farms and farmers to small hobby farms and hobbyist. Burns Feed Store now has a complete Tack inventory, Pet department (which includes dog, cat, small animal and caged bird), a large Garden and Hardware section, Traeger grills, Fencing and a Gift department that has a little something for everyone!
It has gone from three employees to 18 employees with five department managers and a general manager.
Carol Burns married Rawley in 1975 and has been involved in the business since Ike retired in 1977. Daughters, Melanie and Shelley have both worked at the store since they were old enough to sweep and clean shelves. Melanie worked part time while attending college and now is a RN with Emanuel Hospital. Shelley is now Assistant manager as well as Pet-Wildlife & Gift manager. Her husband Troy is manager of the warehouse and our resident Traeger expert.
Burns Feed Store has won numerous awards through the years, the latest being named Farm Mart Retailer of the Year for the Northwest area.
Rawley’s a member of the Gresham Breakfast Lions Club and Director of Clackamas County Bank.