Stanley R. Burnett

Age 91, of Lansing, Michigan, died November 19, 2015. Born in Lansing, Michigan, September 1, 1924, to Lucy and John Burnett.  Stan served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 during WWII serving in the Pacific. He attended MSU and in 1948, joined the Lansing Police Department and after serving 39 years retired as Deputy Chief in 1987.  He was a member of the Lansing Police pistol team which competed nationally and he achieved the highest classification, Master, which is an expert marksman.  He was extremely proud of his service to his country and the City of Lansing.  Stan was an avid golfer, bowler, skier and MSU fan and held season basketball and football tickets for many years.  He was active with Old Newsboys, FOP, Elks, and was known as “The Popcorn Man” at the Safety Patrol picnics.  He was a member of the Lansing Ski Club and served as President.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers, George, Donald and Walter; and 3 sisters, Evelyn Sears, Lucille Dudley and Florence Duncan.  Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Anne; 3 children, Scott (Lynne), Todd, and Andrea (Ronald) Seyka; 7 grandchildren, Matthew and Jill Burnett, Zachary and Christopher Seyka, and Lauren, Nicole and Mitchell Burnett; and many nieces and nephews.  Stan’s first priority was to his family; he loved them deeply and especially enjoyed family outings.  Stan’s family wishes to express a special “thank you” to the staffs at Hospice Advantage and Brookdale Delta for their compassionate care.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with a lunch to follow.  His family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, and one hour prior to the memorial service on Wednesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent Catholic Charities, the Alzheimer’s Association, or Hospice Advantage.

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Suzanne Moore
November 20, 2015 at 12:06 pm

My deepest condolences. May your cherished memories of Stanley bring you comfort and may knowing that he is in God’s loving embrace bring you peace.

Kelly & Cherie Mcwhorter / Bert Knapp
November 25, 2015 at 10:57 am

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God bless and may he give you peace.

Lois Middaugh
November 25, 2015 at 8:48 pm

Stan was such a thoughtful, caring friend. Bud & I really enjoyed our time with you two. You both made us feel so special. We have a lot of happy memories to cherish.

I couldn’t be at the funeral, Anne, I have a chest & sinus cold that my grandchildren & I are sharing. I hope to be over this by next week, so you & I can get together. I love you & am praying that Stan is enjoying his golf games with Bud up in Heaven. Hugs & Kisses, your friend, Lois.

Charlene Nichols Merten
December 1, 2015 at 11:09 am

Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I met him once 35 years ago and he had left such an impression I never forgotten that encounter.

Rosemary (Vitovsky) Wade
December 1, 2015 at 4:18 pm

Dear Family,
He will always be Uncle Stan to me. I was blessed to know him in my early childhood and to see him in later years. He was the first impression of a police officer I had and it couldn’t have been a better one. He would come next door to us to check on his sister Evelyn and family. What a kind and handsome man. Ever since I have felt positive about police officers and all they do for others. Such a great, kind man. I am sure you will all miss him till you meet again. God Bless


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