NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Gene Parish Burns, former mayor of North Kansas City, has died. The city announced his death on Twitter Monday morning.

According to his obituary, Burns, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 2, while sitting in his favorite chair watching football.

Burns was born in Chicago on April 9, 1936, before his family moved to North Kansas City. He graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1956. He married his wife, Cherlyn, in November 1958.

He served eight years in the Army National Guard and worked as a lithographer at Vile-Goller Fine Arts for 40 years.

Burns also served as mayor of North Kansas City for 12 years and city council for 14 years.

He is survived by his wife, their five children, 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

According to his obituary, A Celebration of Life has yet to be determined because of family illness and the surge in COVID-19 cases. The family plans to share additional details about a memorial service in the coming weeks.