MARQUETTE, MI. - Leonard Paul Bur, age 90, formerly of Montgomery Street, Marquette Township, entered eternal life Wednesday morning, November 13, 2013 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
Len was born May 23, 1923, in Marquette, a son of Eugene and Lyda (Lauzon) Bur and was a lifelong resident. He attended the Graveraet High School, completing his education in the 1960's by attending night school. Len served in the US Army during World War II with the engineers, driving trucks and equipment. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Marquette where he was employed with Jack Dixon Buick as a mechanic. On November 19, 1946, Len married Verna Markantony and the couple established their home in Marquette. He later owned and operated his first gas station, Bur's Phillips 66, located at the end of North Third Street. Another station, Bur's Sinclair, was located at the corner of North Fourth Street and Hewitt Avenue. At both stations, Len offered full service and expert mechanic services. Verna assisted in the operation by serving as Len's bookkeeper. Len later was employed by the Marquette Public Schools as a bus mechanic until his retirement in 1986. Always the mechanic and car buff, Len enjoyed restoring antique automobiles and collected several throughout the years. He and Verna enjoyed many hours touring Marquette on warm summer evenings. Len and Verna were among the first charter members of St. Christopher Catholic Church and both worked tirelessly at fishbakes, bake sales, bazaars, making pasties, and were actively involved in the St. Christopher Conference of St. Vincent dePaul. Len was a member of St. Christopher's Men's Club, a life member of the Knights of Columbus #13333 at St. Christopher, a member of the Richard Jopling Post #44 of the American Legion, the United Commercial Travelers, the Antique Car Club, and the group known as the "Pasty Crew Old Car Club". In his leisure, Len found nothing better than tinkering with his cars, working in his garage, and gardening.
Len is survived by a sister, Amelia Kent of North Little Rock, AR; his nieces, Carol (John) Major of Marquette, Jan (William) Vail of Yorba Linda, CA, Theresa Montgomery of Arkadelphia, AR, and Kathy (Ricky) Fugatt of North Little Rock, AR.
In addition to his parents, Len was preceded in death by his wife, Verna; son, Michael E. Bur; his brother, Vincent "Baldy" (the late Joy Yuill) Bur; and brother-in-law, Stacey Kent.
Friends may call at St. Christopher Catholic Church on Saturday, November 16 beginning at 10:00 am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Saturday with Rev. Jeff Johnson as celebrant. Members of the Old Car Club will serve as pallbearers.
Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Christopher Catholic Church, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, or the Activity Fund at Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff and residents of the Jacobetti Home for Veterans for the many kindnesses extended to Len and his family.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneral home.com