Of Grand Rapids, MI, formerly of Pinckney & Adrian.

Age 81, died Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. He was born September 11, 1938 in Byron, Michigan, the son of Raymond & Marguerite (McCluskey) Burns.

David was a barber in Pinckney for many years, and was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Pinckney. He served in the US Army as a paratrooper from March 1957 to December 1958.

He is survived by his daughter Denise (Mike) Conklin of Kalamazoo, grandchildren; Jessica (Shawn) Wismer and Sean Conklin of Grand Rapids, and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by brothers Donald Burns, James Burns, Joseph Burns and sisters Helen Young, Peggy Conklin, Bernie Fry and Janice Hoffus.

At his request, no public services will be held. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Pinckney. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church in Pinckney. Arrangements were entrusted to Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea.


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#7 Don Stacey Mimi Burn 2020-04-11 23:19
Uncle Dave was a great person with a wonderful personality and great sense of humor Always had a joke to bring a smile to peoples face He really Will be missed rest in peace uncle Dave
#6 Connie Vorenkamp 2020-04-08 20:10
Thinking of you Denise and your family. We are sorry for your loss. May the special things about your Dad bring you comfort and strength. I am glad to have some fond and funny memories of Uncle Dave. Connie and Steve
#5 Don Conklin 2020-04-08 16:55
Uncle Dave was his own person whose grand smile and hearty laugh made you feel welcomed and at ease. Uncle Dave had a good heart and I many memories of his jokes and stories. Uncle Dave you are at peace now and sharing New Life. Love and peace to you Denise and family.
#4 Donna and Lindsay F. 2020-04-08 14:17
Uncle Dave had quite the personality! He had a way of putting a smile on your face and make you cry all at the same time. He loved to talk at the barbershop and tell jokes. If you hadn’t heard his latest joke then he was going to make sure you heard it. Many times he would forget the punch line and make up his own and get everyone in the place roaring with laughter. After Uncle Dave retired he was greatly missed. For years, and still to this day customers ask about him and wish him well. Love and miss you Uncle Dave, Russ, Donna, Lindsay, Erica
#3 Bill Conklin 2020-04-08 11:30
Fond memories of Uncle Dave will remain with all of the family. Lisa is correct-his smile was contagious and we laughed because he laughed with gusto. His stories were never ending; he loved people and had the biggest heart to share with so many. The good traits of this honorable Veteran will be fondly remembered with gratitude!
#2 Barb and Jim Knight 2020-04-07 18:52
Uncle Dave was a prolific storyteller
My dad had stories that he wouldn’t share with children around. One time Uncle Dave visited Dad at home and offered to take him for a ride down 8 Mile in Detroit. Mom wouldn’t let dad go.
Thank you for your service Uncle Dave.
Peace to you, Denise, and your family.
#1 Lisa Darrow 2020-04-07 18:13
Uncle Dave typically wore a big grin or smile. I can hear his laughter as I type this. He added humor to most everything even to my name by calling me “Bones”.
We looked to forward to his visits at the family home. Not sure my brothers did as much because dad would talk him into giving my them haircuts after they had a few toddies. They have stories to tell you about that.

The end part of the rosary comes to mind: O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation.
Memories will be cherished forever.

Love ya Uncle Dave.

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