Tribute To Bud Burris


I have been remiss in posting any updates to our web page for months. One of the main reasons is that I regretfully announce that my business partner, Bud Burris, passed away unexpectedly on January 27, 2015.


Bud had received a diagnosis of cancer of the pancreas.   His doctors had given him much hope that a surgical intervention called the Whipple procedure could cure him. The surgery is quite complicated but Bud had great confidence in the medical staff at KU Hospital.


He underwent the surgery on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Upon entering Bud, the surgeon found that the pancreas was much more compromised than expected. He removed the gall bladder and closed up the surgical entry wound. Bud recovered in the hospital for four days. He was released on Saturday. He was in great spirits and we made time to talk every afternoon to keep him up to date with what was going on in the office.


He sounded in great spirits and was upbeat until the evening of Tuesday, January 27th when he sounded very distressed. On the following day, Pam, his wife, called and said that Bud was in great distress and she had taken him back to KU Hospital where they had checked him into the ICU. I met her at the hospital where I was able to see him until about 8:30 pm. Pam called me about 10:45 that evening saying Bud had died.


Bud was a great friend and mentor, one of the best listeners I have ever met. He loved working with the families of Funeral Advocates and we were honored and privileged to have had our almost five years together. Please let me know your experience with Bud and I would be honored if you would share your memories of Bud with us.


May he rest in peace, as he was a peaceful man.

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