Michael Russ Burns

March 7, 1956February 2, 2021

Michael Russ Burns, 64, of Louisville, KY passed away on February 2, 2021. He was born on March 7, 1956 in Louisville, KY to Raphael Burns and Helen Moore Burns.

Michael is preceded in death by his father, Raphael Burns; and his sister, Leisa Brittain.

He was an avid University of Louisville fan. Michael enjoyed spending time with family and most of all he loved and adored his beloved companion and best friend, Lucy.

Michael is survived by his mother, Helen M. Burns; sister, Denise B. Sullivan (Kit); daughter, Lynsey Burns; granddaughters, Madison & Sydney; former wife, Kim Schaerer; and his dog, Lucy.

In honor of Michael’s wishes; cremation was chosen.

A memorial visitation will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. at Arch L. Heady at Resthaven (4400 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40218), with a service in honor of Michael’s life to follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Michael may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association or ASPCA.


  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, February 26, 2021


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Emmett Graft

February 27, 2021

Rest In Peace my friend. During the past 12 months we would communicate back and forth. We joked a lot and talked about meeting for dinner once Covid got behind us. I truly had no idea he was suffering. It’s still hard to believe but if I had known of his pass, I definitely would have showed my respects. I will miss you bro. God bless and thanks for being in my life.