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George E. Burns

October 18, 1938 — June 3, 2017

Shingleton

George E. Burns, age 78, died Saturday morning, June 3, 2017 at his home in Hiawatha Township, Schoolcraft County, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula of Myelodysplastic, a form of leukemia.  He was born on October 18, 1938, the son of Roy A. and Emma (Carpenter) Burns, on his parent’s farm on Burns Road in Warren Township, Michigan.

George grew up on his parent’s farm with hounds, ducks, and sheep as his pets and spent a wonderful youth farming, hunting, and fishing.  He attended Alamando Grade School and Coleman Community School, graduating in 1958.  He was very active in football, basketball, and baseball.

George married Janey Methner on June 6, 1959.  He attended Ferris State College from 1958 until 1960, then worked for ten years at Hawkin’s Letter Service, Midland, Michigan, he then worked at Dow Corning Corporation, retiring September 1996.  They raised their family in the Coleman area.

After retirement, George and Janey moved to the Upper Peninsula and spent many wonderful years of U.P. living in the back country.  He loved the U.P. woods, cutting firewood, hunting deer and rabbits, fishing, quad and snowmobile riding, and visiting with the Yoopers.  His ear was always tuned to the drumming of partridge wings, his eye keen to the track of a deer and to the spring deer migration.

George is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a Yooper son, Kevin Brewster, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Emma Burns, and his siblings, Ron and Eleanor Weber, Robert and Bea Hoffman, Roy (Pat) and Lorraine Burns, Paul and Reita Pope, Robert and Madelyn Burns, also a niece, Maureen Guiett.

Thanks to Bob and Hilda Graves, our Yooper parents, and their family, we have had twenty-two wonderful years with Yooper friends.

A memorial service will be held at the Haywire Restaurant in Shingleton on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

A memorial service will also be held at the Faith United Methodist Church in Coleman, MI on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.

Memorials are requested to be made to North Woods Hospice in Munising, or the Faith United Methodist Church in Coleman.


Charitable donations may be made to:

Northwoods Home Health and Hospice of Alger County
129 E. Superior Street, Munising MI 49862

Faith United Methodist Church
205 Jefferson St., Coleman MI 48618


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