Raymond Douglas (Bud) Burris, Jr.
Bud Burris, 72, of Kansas City, Missouri passed away on January 28, 2015. Bud was born in Houston, Texas to Raymond Douglas and Florence McClure Burris. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Grisafe Burris, Kansas City, his son Douglas Burris and Doug’s family: Jerilynn and Bud’s grandchildren Jack, Emmy and Addy of Prairie Village, Kansas and sister Barbara Gatlin of Colorado City, CO. He will be greatly missed by his wife, family and friends.
RD Burris Jr was known by many names throughout his life. Bud, Buddy, Bog-Butt…But no matter his moniker, he was known to be a caring soul who placed his relationships with all at the pinnacle of his being. Bud’s career was centered on assisting people. His early career with Standard Oil and Travelers Insurance had him meeting and greeting strangers, who quickly became friends all over the state of Iowa. After migrating to Kansas City, Bud worked his way thru the ranks of Human Resources and Recruiting and launched his own talent search firm. Bud made life-long friends in his efforts to counsel and guide thousands in their career search. No matter the idiosyncrasies and personalities Bud came across, he was always a counselor and guide, looking upon each interaction not as a client or candidate exchange but a chat amongst friends. Bud’s third career chapter led him to what he believed was his calling. In Funeral Advocates, Bud assisted those in their hours of greatest vulnerability. Bud brought peace and comfort to families and quickly became one of their own. His genuine concern for others, his gift for lending a comforting ear and his sense for saying the right thing at the right time endeared Bud to all who knew him.
When we ask friends and family their fondest memories of Bud, the consistent theme in nearly all their stories has Bud enjoying the outdoors. Bud’s life passion was formed at an early age, tromping about in the Wahatoya Mountains, chasing trout and as legend will tell, bringing home more than his limit on a regular basis. Bud was happiest surrounded by friends and family, fly rod in hand or shotgun at the shoulder. Whether catching trout or Marlin, chasing pheasant and quail along the hedgerows, Whitetail, Elk and Antelope across the plains, Bud enjoyed most the camaraderie of the hunt and the tall tales told over the campfire with scotch in hand.
Above all, Bud adored his family. He was always Uncle Buddy and ready to tie a fly or a shoe for anyone young or old. Bud’s grandchildren Jack, Emmy and Addy brought him endless joy and laughter and many have said his son Doug did not fall far from the tree. Although they discovered they just could not share a roof, Bud and his first wife Mary Ann remained life-long friends. Bud married the love of his life, Pam 28 years ago and brought years of adventure and laughter to the end. He was a trusted confidant, a committed family man and a true friend to all who knew him.
In lieu of flowers, contributions to Catch A Dream Foundation is requested. www.catchadream.org Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.
A visitation will be held for Bud on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 pm at Signature Funerals 8019 State Line Rd. KCMO 64114 816-214-5174