Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 18, 2012

Emmett Lee Burley


MANCELONA — Emmett Lee Burley, 71, of Mancelona, passed away Dec. 15, 2012 surrounded by his family.

Emmett was born on June 29, 1941 in Mancelona, the son of Emmett and Berneda Burley.

Emmett graduated from Mancelona High School in 1959 and then was drafted into the Army and proudly served his country for four years. He enjoyed the outdoors, wildlife and especially working in his yard. He also enjoyed traveling, NASCAR, golfing and hanging out with his family which was his pride and joy. As he always said "its five o'clock somewhere!"

On Feb. 6, 1971 in Mancelona, he married the love of his life Judy (Grody) Burley who survives him. He is also survived by his children, Monaca (Thomas) Laskey of Traverse City, Heather (Wes) Torrey of Traverse City, and Shawn (Alanna) Burley of Mancelona; brother, Roger (Joan) Burley of Spring Lake; sisters, Joyce (Thurman) McCarty of Mancelona and Beverly McCarty of Casper, Wyo.; grandchildren, Jessica, Ariel, Taylor, Emilee, Carlee, Shaylia, Terry Dean, Vincent, Jordan, Lily, Isiac, Annabelle and Sunny; two great-grandchildren, Urijah and Finnley; several nieces, nephews and special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 at the Mancelona Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes with Pastor Mark McCool officiating. The family will have a private burial immediately following the services. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m, Tuesday, also at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6062, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6662. Please sign his guestbook at