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Donald E. Bur

March 13, 1931 December 1, 2020
Donald E. Bur
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Don was born in Riggsville, MI by Joseph and Josephine Bur as the youngest of 15 children on a family farm. It is where he acquired his strong values of faith and family and enjoying the simple things in life.
Don was one of the few children in his family that graduated from High School and went on to college where he studied Forestry Management and met his lifelong love, Mary Janet Kennedy. He joined the US Army where he served as 2nd Lieutenant. During the army Don and Mary were married and after his service they moved to Wisconsin where they raised their 6 children.
Don worked for the Department of Natural Resources of Wisconsin for 40 years. Walking through the woods was second nature to Don. He loved the outdoors no matter what the weather was. He loved the wonder of the woods and showed his children the beauty of wild flowers, virgin pine trees, ice fishing and plenty of canoe trips of winding rivers and sitting around the campfire. He took his kids during the berry season and picked buckets of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. He helped coach his sons’ baseball teams and loved watching and playing the game himself. Don and Mary were members of St. Anne Catholic Church where Don ushered nearly every Sunday. Don was a charter member for the Boulder Junction Lion’s Club since 1972 where he presided as President for 2 terms. He was also an active member of the American Legion Post 89 in Minocqua, Wisconsin.
Don was loved by his family and friends and especially his many, many, many nieces and nephews that affectionately called him ‘Uncle Donny’.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and wife of 58 years. He is survived by his children, Michael, Stephan (Mary Talend), David (Lorrie Ritchie), Daniel (Luzia Tavares), Ann (Bruce Markuson), Kathryn (Edward White) and his 17 grandchildren.
Our Dad was a soft-spoken and gentle man. He enjoyed the company of people in his community and said hi to everyone he passed by. He was always thankful for all that he had in his life. To help our family remember our beloved dad would be to find out how you can get involved with or donate to Trees for Tomorrow located in beautiful Eagle River, Wisconsin; and also the Catholic Relief Services, Worldwide at or simply to just plant a tree in his honor.
A funeral Mass will take place at St Annes Catholic Church, Boulder Jct., Saturday, Aug. 14th at 10:30am, followed by the burial of Don and Mary Bur. A luncheon reception will follow.
A special thank you to Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation services for their continued support and service. Online condolences can be shared at
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10:30 AM 8/14/2021 10:30:00 AM
St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery

Hwy K
Boulder Junction, WI 54512

St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery
Hwy K Boulder Junction 54512 WI
United States

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