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Mr. Donald  Raymond "Don" Burns

Mr. Donald Raymond "Don" Burns
  • June 30, 1937 - September 14, 2017
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan
  • American Cancer Society- Great Lakes Division, Inc.
    1400 West Milham
    Portage, MI 49024

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“Condolences to Opal Burns and family. Donald "Do Dad" Burns remains a part of my fondest memories of my time spent in Wichita. I am glad I had the...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Faye Smith - Atlanta, GA

“My sympathy goes out to the family during your time of grief. May God's loving-kindness comfort you and help you through this difficult time (Psalm...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: A. M.

“Fair winds and following seas sailor.Thank you for your service to this nation. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ

“Dearest Opal, Im sorry for the loss of Don. In the late 1980 to early 1990, I worked with you and Don on several SEAS projects with Father Kocour. I...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Marilynn (Jenkins) Maddox - MO

“Opal, I loved the video! You and Don have always looked the same-never aging. I was so sorry to see his obituary in this morning's paper. I don't...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Karen & Jim Arnel - Wichita, KS

“My sincere condolences Melissa, Kevin and family. May the prayers of those who love you carry you through this time of sorrow. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Audra Thompson - Wichita

“My sincere condolences Melissa, Kevin and family. May the prayers of those who love you carry you through this time of sorrow. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Audra Thompson - Wichita

“Greg, Kevin, and to all of your family I offer my sincere condolencesBill Rodgers ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Bill Rodgers - Wichita

“Great Man to Work with and a friend ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Dick and Velma Doubleday - MI

“Lucy, I remember your parents very fondly. My intro to them began through the former businesses of Imperial Tile and Stetler Realty, which...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Tom Wood - Battle Creek, MI

“golf will always be special because of youLove and miss you Pop... ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Michael Burns - Son

“Heartfelt condolences to family and friends of dear Donald, so sorry to read of his passing, devoted father, loving grandfather and great grandfather...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“quick with a smile or a piece of candy...loved to make people smile (if only for that moment)You believed and taught us that a true friend was for...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Michael Burns - Battle Creek, MI

“Don was one of the most awesome guy I ever worked with. He taught me how to be a cooker person. His wife Lucy sold us our first home. He always...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Mary Goheen - Battle creek, MI

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Donald Raymond "Don" Burns, age 80, of Kalamazoo, MI and formerly of Battle Creek, MI died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, September 14, 2016, at his daughter's residence.

Don, the son of James and Mariam (Cable) Burns, was born in Elmhurst, IL on June 30, 1937; moved to Chappaqua, NY; was a 1956 graduate of Horace Greeley High School of Chappaqua, NY and moved to the Battle Creek area in 1963. He retired in 1997 after 29 years of faithful service as a cooker for the Kellogg Company.

Don loved sports and was an avid golfer. He enjoyed football and basketball, especially Collegiate sports. Don also enjoyed animals, candy and making people laugh.

Don was united in marriage to the former Lucy A. Deering in Kalamazoo on June 1, 1957 and she sadly preceded him in death on July 3, 2013. Surviving are three daughters, Lucy J. (Lupe) Garcia of Battle Creek, Paty S. (Mark) Murray of Kalamazoo and Lt. Col. Judy J. Burns USMC (ret.); his son, Michael A. (Margaret) Burns of Battle Creek; eight grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. Don was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jane Beeman and a brother, James Burns.

As per Don's request, there will be no visitation or service and cremation will take place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division, 1400 West Milham Road, Portage, MI 49024. Personal messages and/or favorite memories of Don may be place at