Traverse City Record-Eagle


July 11, 2014

Wallace L. Burfield

LAKE LEELANAU — Wallace L. Burfield, 67, of Lake Leelanau, walked on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Munson Medical Center.

Wallace was born Jan. 15, 1947, in Moulton, Ala., the son of Jess and Mildred (West) Burfield. He was married to his lifelong love, Patricia Marian Mashka, who survives.

As a young man Wally made a living as a tree trimming business owner.

He was an avid outdoorsman who spent his days farming, hunting and fishing. His last days were spent tending to his garden and picking strawberries with his family.

Wallace will be remembered fondly by his family as a kind-hearted country man who was resourceful and cherished the simple pleasures in life.

Wallace is survived by his wife, Patricia; his children, Scott (Linda) Burfield, Tamara Burfield, Mildred (Jonathan) Rinehart, Jessica Bonilla, Leanne (Gean) Alber, Adam Chivis, Aaron (Maia) Chivis, Saul Burfield, Jodi Burfield, Donald Gann and Jennifer Gann; a sister, Bertha Mae Borden; many loving grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a son, Mike Burfield; his brothers, Norman, Marvin, Raymond and Leon Burfield; and his sisters, Lucille and Faye.

Visitation will be held today, July 11, at Northport Indian Mission Church, from 11 a.m. to the start of the 2 p.m. service. Pastor Tom John will officiate.

Memorials may be directed to his wife, Patricia.

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Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay.

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