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Burton Samuel Griner, 103, of Traverse City, passed away at Boardman Lake Glens on March 29, 2017. He was born on July 23, 1913, the only child of James Loide Griner and Myrtle Blanche (Burton) Griner in Copemish.
He graduated in 1931 from Copemish High School. He attended Ferris State College.
On Jan. 21, 1936 he married Adeline C. Cook, of Grant Township. They had three children, daughter, Patricia, and sons, Burton Jay and James Earl.
Burton lived in the Grand Traverse area his entire life. He and Adeline were founding members of the Traverse City Presbyterian Church.
Burton owned and operated his 400-acre farm during his early adult life and then worked as a field agent for the U.S. Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service until his retirement in 1977.
During their retirement years, Burton and Adeline took many trips overseas and in their motor home traveling the United States. They lived several winters at their home in Sun City Center Florida.
Burton is survived by Patricia (Tom) Swanson, of Copemish; sons, B. Jay (Susan) Griner and James Earl (Camille) Griner, of Traverse City; and seven grandchildren, Pamela Swanson (Dave Wolfe), Lisa (Glen) Sauer, Joan (Norman) Licht, Steven Griner, Jeffrey Griner, Jennifer Griner and Becky Randolph. He also leaves behind eight great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandsons; and his sister-in-law, Faye Bradford, of Sun City Center, Florida.
Burton was preceded in death by his parents and by Adeline, his wife of more than 80 years who passed away Oct. 27, 2016.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Inverness staff at Boardman Lake Glens and Hospice of Michigan for their compassionate care.
A memorial service will be held for Burton and Adeline on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Presbyterian Church, at 2 p.m., with a visitation one hour before.
Memorials may be directed to the NMC Scholarship Fund, 1701 East Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686; or The Presbyterian Church, 701 Westminster Road, Traverse City, MI 49686.
Please share a memory with the family by visiting Burton's tribute page found at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on May 7, 2017
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