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Robert Floyd Burns
April 13, 1928 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 95) 95 Years Old
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Robert Floyd Burns, 95, of Dowling, Michigan, passed away on January 24, 2024 at
Corwell Pennock Hospital after a brief illness.
Bob was born on April 13, 1928 to Robert S. and Avis L. (Wolfersberger) Burns of
Bellevue, Michigan. After graduating from Bellevue High in 1946, he served an 18-
month enlistment in the US Army, stationed in Germany. Upon his return he attended
Western Michigan College in Kalamazoo studying Commercial Art before marrying the
love of his life, Patricia June Six, daughter of Donald C. and Betty K. (Siler) Six. Bob
worked multiple jobs to support his family but was most proud of his 30 years at Post
Cereals, where he retired as a shift production supervisor, and the nearly 28 years in
the US Army Reserve, where he attained the rank of Sergeant Major (E9).
While Bob’s family life was of utmost importance to him, he integrated many of his
personal interests into supporting his four boy’s youth activities utilizing his calligraphy
skills for Cub/Boy Scout honors and badges, managing little-league softball teams, and
coaching bowling teams.
During their “empty-nester” years, both Bob and Pat enjoyed motorcycling and touring
around the U.S. and Canada in addition to attending several national BMW rallies
around the nation. He was a long-time member of the American Motorcycling
Association, BMW Motorcycle Club of Battle Creek (for which he designed logos and
flyers) and was the “Resident Celebrity” for BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids Dealer
where he received a 700,000-mileage badge from corporate BMW Motorrad USA. As
an avid bowler, Bob participated in many local leagues (high game 299), regional
tournaments and a pro-am tournament where he teamed up with Buzz Fazio, a top pro
bowler of his era.
Preceded in death by his wife Patricia and son Phillip (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA),
he is survived by his brother, Richard (Cleveland, TN.) three sons: Robert (Judith
Capper) Cocoa Beach, FL, David (Jerrie Smith) Glendale, AZ and Thomas (Natasha
Euribe) of Deerfield Beach, FL and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren,
nephews and nieces.
One of Bob’s favorite sayings was “my wife raised five boys…our four children and me!”
A “Celebration of Life” service will be scheduled in the spring, officiated by Pastor Steve
Olmstead at Pleasantview Family Church, 2601 Lacey Rd, Dowling, MI 49050, where
Bob and his wife attended for many years.