Burns, Robert Williams (December 7, 1921 - June 9, 2007)

Robert Williams Burns

Douglas Budget - June 13, 2007

Services will be held for Robert Williams Burns at 1 p.m. on June 16 at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

Mr. Burns, 85, died June 9, 2007 at his home in Douglas. Mr. Burns was born Dec. 7, 1921, to Elmer and Ruth(Miller)Burns in Erie, Penn. He grew up in Erie where he contributed greatly to his family's welfare with income from his paper route during the depression years.

Mr. Burns entered the Army Air Corps in 1941 where he served in Italy making oxygen for aircraft and learned the refrigeration trade that would later become his occupation. After his discharge in 1945 he married Barbara Louise Graham in Erie, where they made their home. He worked for Sanida Creamery from 1946 to 1956. The couple became parents to two daughters, Gail in 1947 and Christy in 1950.

He moved his family to Torrance, Calif., in 1956 to work for Harvey Aluminum and be close to his mother, after the passing of his father in 1950 and his mother's marriage to Leroy Davis in 1952 and their move to California. Mr. Burns returned to his favorite occupation, refrigeration (or possibly his love of ice cream), in 1958, when he began his career with Carnation Dairies.

He remained with Carnation until 1981 when he worked as a pipe fitter until his retirement in 1986, Barbara passed away suddenly in 1985 shortly after their 40th anniversary, a love and loss he never forgot. Retirement, an insatiable spirit of adventure and two grandchildren in Wyoming to share his and their adventures prompted his move to Glendo in 1989.

He maintained his active and healthy lifestyle in Glendo until a heart condition caused him to slow down after his 79th birthday in 2000. He then moved to Douglas in 2002 to be closer to medical assistance where he lived until his death.

Bob enjoyed a spirit of adventure that always found him on a trek to Lake Erie to ice skate or slide around on the ice with his car, the desert to motorcycle, the mountains to four wheel and snowmobile or jet skiing on Glendo reservoir. He was always on the go and loved the social indoor and outdoor activities with his many friends. He was always able to make himself at home wherever he was as he enjoyed people, a game of cards, a fine cigar(especially Cuban), a game of golf or just conversation. He never knew a stranger. Mr. Burns was active in the Masonic Lodge, Jobs Daughters and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather and wife, Barbara.

Mr. Burns is survived by his two daughters, Gail Bogdanoff and husband Earl of Tehachapi, Calif., and Tucson, Ariz., Christy Andrews and husband David of Douglas; two grandchildren Jeremy Andrews of Green Valley, Ariz., and Kriquette Garcia and husband Chris, of Vancouver, Wash.

A memorial will be held in mid July in Douglas. The date and time of the memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorials to the Shrine Hospital or the donor's choice would be appreciated by the family.

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