John F. Burt

Zephyrhills, FL formerly of Prescott, MI
August 6, 1926 - December 9, 2018


Monday from 11 am to 1 pm at the Prescott Chapel of the Buresh Funeral Homes.

Service Location

Prescott Chapel of Buresh Funeral Homes


Monday, December 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Obituary Notice

John F. Burt, age 92, of Zephyrhills, FL formerly of Prescott, MI, passed away at his home in FL, on Sunday, December 9, 2018. He was born on August 6, 1926 in Indianapolis to Ralph A. & Nellie M. Burt. He married Suzanne MacIntosh on December 6, 1952. John worked for New York Central Railroad in Detroit. He also worked at the original Domino’s Pizza in Ypsilanti and later as a manager at many locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois.

John had a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. In 1963, John and Sue, along with their children, owned and operated Burt’s A&W, in Skidway Lake, Prescott, Michigan for 20 years. John also served as Mills Township Treasurer for a few years in the 1970’s. After selling the A&W, they relocated to Zephyrhills, FL where they had begun wintering for several years. Not being a person to retire, John started a new venture at the Eagle’s Market in Zephyrhills. He was known as the “Carrot Man”, selling carrots there twice a week. He cornered the market, since there were no vendors selling them. “Carrots Galore, Radishes and More”, John and Sue have spent their summers for the last twenty years back in Sterling, enjoying the cooler summers of Michigan.

We will never know how many that struggled with sobriety but John was able to help with his Little Red Books, cards and coins at meetings. They were his idea to offer words of encouragement; always keeping it to himself.

John is survived by his wife, Suzanne; his children, Joylynn & James Fox, Robin & Ken Cunningham, Brian & Maria Burt, Scott Burt & April Millarez; grandchildren, James, John & Juliana Fox, Angela Holton & Kevin Cunningham, Ian (Clarity), Ethan & Ivanna Burt; great grandchildren, Madison, Karson, Hayden & Dylan Fox, Stella Cunningham; sister, Ruth Gaboury. Preceding him in death besides his parents, were sisters, Nellie May Burt & Virginia Busch; brothers, Ralph & James Burt and a great grandson, Keshon.

Visitation will take place on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 11am to 1 pm with funeral services following at 1 pm at the Buresh Funeral Home, 101 E. Harrison, Prescott, MI 49856. Interment will follow at the Sterling Cemetery, Deep River Township. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family at the Sunrise Senior Services in Omer, MI (senior meals and meals on wheels). Online condolences may be made to the family at


Memorials may be made to the Sunrise Senior Services in Omer, MI (senior meals and meals on wheels).


Sterling Cemetery


Debbie and I send our condolences to the Burt family members. John and Sue were good friends when they lived in Skidway Lake. I also did some work for them at Crystal Lake in Benzonia. Rest in peace John.
— Arnie and Debbie Engster

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