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Obituary for Karl J. Burns

Karl J. Burns

Karl Jon Burns, age 60, cherished and beloved father and husband, went peacefully to his heavenly home on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Karl was born on September 10, 1959 in Zeeland, the son of Calvin (Julie) Burns and Drusilla (William) LeBlanc. Karl was a loyal employee of General Motors for thirty years. He was a longtime member and elder at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Caledonia. Karl enjoyed cooking, making wine, hunting, scuba diving, motorcycles, and collecting antiques. He especially loved Halloween, was an avid fan of the University of Michigan sports, The Wizard of Oz, and Elvis. Karl is survived by his wife Bonnie (Teunissen) Burns, children, Kirk (Tina) Burns, Kody (Margie) Burns, and Amanda Burns; grandson, Kalvin Burns; sisters, Dee (Mike) Messenger and Nicki (Brent) Peterson; brothers, Ken (Amy) Burns and Keith (Jacki) Burns; step siblings, Jim, Elain, and Judy; several nieces and nephews; many extended family and friends; and his beloved dog, Sparky. Karl was preceded in death by his father and mother. A celebration of life service will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Church at a later date. Private burial took place at Mount Hope Cemetery. Please visit to share a memory or to leave a condolence message for Karl’s family.