Buris Ortis Avise, 97, of Des Moines, died on Friday, September 7, 2012 at Ramsey Village. The son of (Levi) Fred and Louise (Moser) Avise, Buris was born on June 28, 1915 in Des Moines. Buris graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1934 and was one of the fastest sprinters in the state. He served in the Army Air Corps in the Africa and Italy theaters during World War II and married Rosemary Lowther on May 19, 1945 at St. Augustin Catholic Church in Des Moines. He resided at 3801 Grand for the last 9 years.
Buris was a natural salesman who worked as a hardware consultant until his retirement. He was proud of attaining the designation of AHC (Architectural Hardware Consultant.) He had a great smile, a welcoming laugh, loved people and never complained. Buris had a gift for friendship and loved helping people. He had volunteered thousands of hours at Mercy Hospital. Above all, Buris loved his family dearly.
Buris is survived by his children, Michael (Mary Ellen) Avise of Ames, Anne Avise of Windsor Heights and Mary Avise of Des Moines; 3 grandchildren, Brian, Shawn and Nick; and 8 great-grandchildren, Allyson, Morgan, Jerilyn, Brock, Angie, Tanner, Kiyla and Bryce. He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Rosemary, and an infant daughter, Theresa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St Augustin Catholic Church on Monday, September 17, 2012 at 10 am. Burial with military honors at Glendale Cemetery will follow. The family will receive friends for an hour prior to Mass.
The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to the charity of donor's choice. On-line tributes may be left at www.McLarensResthavenChapel.com.