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Larry Joe Burns, age 82, of Ortonville, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2020, at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

The son of Herbert Jay & Inez May (Sanford) Burns, he was born on October 31, 1937, in Newberry.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Dathel) Burns; daughters, Cheryl Palmer, Cathy (Mark) Mason; sons, Ryan (Susan) Burns and Tom (Stacey) Burns; eight grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren.

Larry served in the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army National Guard.

He retired from General Motors in 1986.

Larry was loved by everyone that met him and will be missed by many.

Committal services, with military honors rendered by the United States Marine Corps, are at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2020 Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Juanita (Bilyeu) Lowe on September 12, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    Very sorry for your loss.

  2. Ivan Lucas on September 13, 2020 at 5:06 am

    When I was a lonely Freshman in Brandon High School. I was going out for Football. I was nervous. Larry did not know me and took the time to talk to me. He made me feel confident I could do it. Thank you Larry. I never forgot this. Thank you for your Service. Rest In Peace.

  3. Dawn Herr on December 8, 2020 at 11:39 am

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Praying for the whole family. Gene and Dawn Herr

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