George Raymond Burrows, 81, of Alpena passed away Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Tendercare Alpena.

George was born March 15, 1936, in Petoskey to the late Raymond and Irene (Johnecheck) Burrows. On Oct. 7, 1961, he married Marilyn Bachelor at First Christian Church in Petoskey.

He graduated in the Class of 1954 from Petoskey High School, attended Albion College, was drafted into the United States Air Force serving from 1955 until his honorable discharge in 1958. George was an airborne radio technician and inflight refueling operator. He was a member of Tac Tankers Association (Airforce reunion group) serving as Chaplin and spoke at the Air Force Academy in Colorado and the Air Force Memorial dedication in Washington, DC.

George worked in the insurance field for several years transferring to Alpena in 1967 until his retirement in 1998. He split his time between work, church ministry and the Boy Scouts of America for more than 50 years. George was called to be Pastor of the Long Rapids First Congregational Church in 1982, completing years of lay ministry. He completed his education with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and was ordained in 1985. He served as pastor until health problems in 1995 and later being elected as Pastor Emeritus of the church.

George served as Scout Master for Troop 78 for many years and in other capacities for the Boy Scouts of America. He received many awards including the Silver Beaver Award and the God and Service Award.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn; two sons, Steve (Diane) Burrows of Plainwell, Mich., Tim (Kim) Burrows of Cedar Springs, Mich.; four grandchildren, Andy (Sara) Burrows, MacKenzie Burrows, Connor Burrows, Caden Burrows; sister, Marlene Heuer; brother, Richard (Mickey) Conkright; and the Bachelor family that he truly loved.

Mr. Burrows was preceded in death by his niece, Patsy.

Memorial visitation will take place at Long Rapids First Congregational Church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the Celebration of Life at 3 p.m. with Rev. Arnie Kirschner officiating. Military honors will be accorded him by Posen V.F.W. Post 7804. Arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.

Inurnment will take place in the spring on the Burrow’s family plot of Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey.

Memorials: Long Rapids First Congregational Church, Boy Scouts of America Northern Trails District or Friends of Thunderhead.