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Ridgeway Alden Burns, age 84, of Greenville, went home to be with his Lord on Saturday morning, May 18, 2013 from Spectrum Health-United Hospital. The son of Delia (Buchner) & Robert A. Burns I, he was born on January 30, 1929 in Belding and was a graduate of Belding High School. On May 4, 1963, in Petoskey, he married the former Sandra Kay Badder and they were members of the Jesus Non-Denominational Church in Greenville.

Ridgeway was an ordained minister in several denominations and over the years had also worked at Wolverine World Wide, Meijer, and as a television and radio repairman.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Sandra Kay Burns on November 23, 2007; a grandson, Aaron Elijah Dean on April 11, 2012; and his brother, Robert A. Burns II on April 11, 2013.

Surviving are his six children, Jody & Matthew Paulson of Belding, Jackie & Eric Moore of Kentwood, Steve Burns of Mancelona, Kimberly & Edward Dean of Howard City, Angie & Leon Puterbaugh of Twin Lake, and Beth & Richard Nagel of Rockford; twelve grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services are at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Jesus Non-Denominational Church, 9206 W. Peck Road, Greenville, with a time of food and fellowship immediately following the ceremony. Pastor Tommy D. Turner, Jr. will officiate and burial will take place privately at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Ionia. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Ridgeway’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, was entrusted with the arrangements.


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  1. Anonymous on May 18, 2013 at 12:00 am


    05/22/2013 –

    Mary Blanding

    I have fond memories of Ridgeway when we worked at Meijer together. I also enjoyed having him as a neighbor for many years. We talked a few times over the back fence. He was a very kind and special man, will be missed. My love goes out to his family. RIP Ridgeway..

    05/21/2013 –

    Danne Burns

    My deepest sympathy to your family cousin Ridgeway. Please say hello to Great Grandfather Ridgeway for me..Till we meet again….

    05/21/2013 –

    Mike and Barb Nielsen

    Ridge was a very sweet, fine christian man and you will be missed. Our sympathy to the Burns family. Enjoy the many fish in Heaven, we so enjoyed being able to share the fish caught with you over many years. You were a blessing in our lives and now you are dancing in Heaven!
    With love, Mike & Barb Nielsen

    05/21/2013 –

    Rich & Sue Ring

    Jody, Matt, & Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
    What comfort it is to know your loved one is at our Lord and Savior’s side.
    God Bless and comfort you!
    Rich & Sue Ring

    05/21/2013 –

    Miranda Bailey

    May you have a wonderful journey in Heaven, Grandpa. I’m so happy you get to be with Grandma again. I will love you and miss you . You are home now.

    05/20/2013 –

    Dan & Rita Thompson

    We will miss you dear friend, but know that you are rejoicing with Jesus and Sandy. We pray for your family for comfort. We will join you one day.u

    05/19/2013 –

    Morgan Van Dyken

    Welcome home Pastor Burns!!! Prayers going out to his Family.

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  2. Rebecah *Burns Benjamin on June 26, 2022 at 12:24 am

    Oh gosh, I just found this.

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