Stroo Funeral Home, Inc. 
1095 68th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Phone:  (616) 455-9280 
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Michael A. Vos - Owner / Manager
 Robert K. Stroo - Owner / President 


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Service Information

Kurt Lee Burns 

Service:  Planned for a later date

Memorials: Hospice of Michiga989 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada, MI 49301


Kurt Lee Burns, of Jenison, died Thursday, July 9, 2020, at age 70 years. Kurt is survived by his spouse of 46 years, Diane Burns; children: Stacey (Nathan) and Steve (Christy); grandchildren: Charlie, Kenny, and Adara; siblings: Kay (Ted) Haan, Kristi Goethel, Bob Price, Roger & Sharon Wolfe, Jerry & Shelly Poelman, and many nieces, nephews, neighbors, and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents: Harry Burns, Nell & Robert Price, and Jake & Pauline Poelman; and family: Oz and Doug Goethel, and Jan Price. A tireless worker and friend to all, Kurt is remembered by communities including Comstock Park Public Schools, where he taught for 37 years, Rogers High School, and the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department. Due to health restrictions, a memorial gathering is being planned for a later date. Memories and condolences may be shared with Kurt’s family online at  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. 

1095 68TH ST SE


# Kelly Baxter 2020-08-01 21:14
One of the best teachers I ever had. Such a caring man and great example. So many lives he has touched. My condolences to his family.
# Alice Rhodes 2020-07-23 00:39
Kurt was a friend and neighbor for many years. We sure had fun on so many past events, his dry sense of humor would make me laugh so much! We will miss him! Our deepest sympathy to Diane, Steve and Stacey and all his family! Love and hugs to you all!
# Sarah Mckay 2020-07-21 03:34
Mr Burns was also my 5th grade teacher. From my child memories, he was a pretty great guy. My sincerest condolences
# Mike Zuziak 2020-07-20 23:09
Diane & Family,
One of the finest gentleman I had the honor of knowing.
He was fun to be around, especially at the Recreation
Department during the summer months. He certainly will be missed as I am glad he was a good person I am fortunate to have known. Rest in peace.
# Craig Van Dyke 2020-07-20 08:04
I had him as my 5th grade teacher at Greenridge Elementary school in Comstock Park. As I look back, I can honestly say he was one of the best teachers I ever had. My sincere condolences to the family. He will be missed. Rest In Peace.
# Jamie Savickas 2020-07-19 21:15
Thoughts and prayers for all who were blessed knowing Mr. Burns. He was my 5th grade home room teacher at Comstock Park. He was an amazing teacher and person.
# Gayle Wiers 2020-07-19 20:22
Diane, our condolences to you and your kids. Our prayer is for God to hold you close during this time and comfort you.
Gayle & Ed Wiers
# Stephen Brown 2020-07-19 16:34
Kurt was as good a man as I've ever known. I can't thank him enough for such a great friendship. He was loved by all. He'll be missed, but never forgotten. I love you buddy.
# Dorothy Brooks 2020-07-19 15:24
Kurt was truly a "good guy" ... one of the very best, in fact. Though my classroom in Comstock Park was at the opposite end of the building from his, nevertheless, it was easy to pick up a certain vibe, or tone.
Kurt seemed grounded. Kurt seemed contained. In his quiet facade there seemed to be a wry humor waiting just beneath the surface.
The truest compliment I can say about Kurt is that in retrospect, had I been a parent of an elementary school child attending Stony Creek Elementary School, I would have entrusted that child completely to Kurt's care ... as he served his students as a role model for a kind, thoughtful and listening teacher and human being, and as an all-around caring, very "good guy".
# Di Dellinger 2020-07-19 13:08
A gentleman and a scholar with a sharp wit about him! We all looked up to him at Pine Island Elementary. He was our calming force during even difficult times! A fun participant in POETS, too! I will never forget him for the rest of my life. Sending love and light to Diane, my metaphysical sister, her family and to Kurt who is on his next adventure.
# April Uzarski 2020-07-18 18:10
Kurt was a very special person to so many people. He was an awesome teacher my son was lucky to have Kurt as a teacher at Stony Creek in Comstock Park. Kurt will be missed by many. My prayers go out to his family at this time

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