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2018-02-07 / Obituaries

William J. Burton

Lifelong Gould City resident, William J. Burton, 93, died Thursday, February 1, 2018 at his residence.

Born August 15, 1924 in Nankin Township, son of the late William and Mina (Burch) Burton, he was a 1943 graduate of Gould City High School.

A veteran of World War II serving in the United States Navy, he enlisted July 24, 1943 and served until his honorable discharge March 12, 1946, attaining the rank of Gunner’s Mate Third Class.

He worked in forestry until buying the Newberry Redi-Mix. He also owned All Seasons Sports in Newberry and Manistique. In 1977 he started Bill Burton & Sons Trucking. He owned and operated the Newberry Redi-Mix until his retirement in 2010.

He was a member of the Elks Club and lifetime member of the VFW.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his first wife, Jean E. (King) Burton; son, William N. Burton; granddaughter, Janet Burton; and sister, Rachel Ann McNeil.

Survivors include his wife, Sandee (Campbell) Burton of Gould City; children, Thomas (Deb) Burton of Gould City, Barbara “Dolly” (Leon) Bancroft of Ispheming and Fred (Renee) Burton of Gould City; stepdaughter, Michelle Chenard of Bloomfield Hills; stepson, David Chenard of Petoskey; brother-in-law, John “Hughie” McNeil of Gould City; 25 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; and many extended family members.

While he was a successful businessman, the most important thing to him was his family, with whom he enjoyed many camping, fishing, hunting and snowmobile trips.

He loved the outdoors and anything that involved the wind in his face. He enjoyed many motorcycle rides with his faithful pit bull, Butch, riding shotgun on the gas tank. He and his wife later raised Labrador retrievers as both companions and working dogs.

A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held Saturday, February 17 at 1:00 p.m. at the Erickson Center in Curtis with a luncheon to follow. Interment with military rites will be held in the spring at the Newton Township Cemetery .

Memorials may be directed to the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight, 7480 J Road, Gladstone MI.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

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