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R. Burke Fossee Jr.

Died: Sunday, August 17, 2003
Grosse Pointe Woods resident R. Burke Fossee Jr., 86, died on Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at St. John Hospital.

With a passion for everything nautical as well as practicing criminal law, Mr. Fossee went on his last sail and finished his last case in the days prior to his open-heart surgery in May. He passed away after complications from the surgery.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Fossee graduated from Wayne State University with his bachelor's degree and his LLB. He was an attorney in private practice in St. Clair Shores for 35 years.

Mr. Fossee was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron, the Detroit Navigator's Club, the Great Lakes Yacht Club, the Grosse Pointe Veterans Club, the State Bar Associaton, the Macomb County Bar Associaton, and Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church.

He was a physical fitness enthusiast and an avid sailor, having served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1945.

Mr. Fossee is survived by his daughter, Donna (Richard) Manczak; his sons, Burke (Carol) Fossee III, Brian (Alka) Fossee, Mark (Sandy) Fossee and Daniel (Kimberly) Warner; 11 grandchildren; his sister; and his Yorkshire terrier, Joey.

He was predeceased by his wife, Natalie.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 12:30 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church.

Interment is in White Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to ALS of Michigan, 8521 Lyndon St., Suite 200, Detroit, MI 48238, in memory of Natalie Fossee.
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