Forrest A. ‘Bud’ Burns

BIG BAY, MI. – Forrest A. “Bud” Burns, age 79, of Big Bay, entered eternal life Saturday, January 4, 2013, at the Norlite Nursing Center.

Bud was born June 9, 1934, in Negaunee, to Forrest and Anne (Harju) Burns and was raised in Big Bay. He graduated from John D. Pierce High School in 1954 and was married later that year to Iris McGuire. The couple established their home and started their family in Big Bay.

Bud was employed with Superior Electric for 18 years where he often worked at repairing small engines. During this time, he was also employed with the Powell Township School District as a bus driver. He stuck closely to his bus schedule, once leaving behind his own son for running late – he kept all of his passengers in line. Bud was also employed with UPPCO as a maintenance foreman for 17 years until his retirement in 1994.

In his spare time, Bud enjoyed time spent at the family camp he built in Big Bay. He loved taking rides around town in his golf cart, as well as the many times spent in the Beer Liner Camper, which was an old school bus he and some friends converted into a camper. He was also the designated camper cook. Bud was known as being a “Jack of all trades,” able to fix your furnace, cut your hair, and maybe even play you a song on the banjo. He was also active in Lions Club as well as the Powell Township School Board.

Bud is survived by his wife of 60 years, Iris; his sons, Lenny (Jean) Burns of Iron Mountain, Jody Burns of Big Bay and Mike Burns of Marquette; a daughter, Karen (Dan) Burns-DeForest of Big Bay; his grandchildren, Shannon, Ryan, Dylan, Callie, Brianne, Jamie and Riley; one great-grandson, Dawson; a brother, Dennis (Carole) Burns of Big Bay; sister in-law, Helen Jean Burns of Marquette; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by a son, Timothy; and a brother, Noel.

Visitation for Bud will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church in Big Bay on Thursday, January 9, from 11:00 am until the time of service at 1:00 pm. Rev. Carolyn M. Raffensperger, pastor, will officiate.

A luncheon reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at