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Obituary: Robert L. (Bob) Burns

Robert L. (Bob) Burns of Prescott passed away on Aug. 10, 2009, at the age of 83. He was born Sept. 18, 1925, in Cherokee, Iowa. During his early childhood, his family lived near Washta, Iowa, where his remains will be interred. He attended schools in Washta and Buckhorn, Mo., and was a graduate of Wilson High School in Cherokee. He received an AA degree from Mount SAC in Walnut, Calif.

Robert entered the U.S. Army on March 22, 1944, and remained in the U.S. Army for 30 years. He served in World War II, the Korean War and twice in Vietnam. He retired in 1974 with the rank of CW4. His awards include three Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantryman's badge and the Legion of Merit as well as numerous other medals.

After his retirement he worked for Marshall Industries in El Monte, Calif., for 17 years. He and his wife, Shirley, were married July 12, 1975. They resided in Hacienda Heights, Calif., until they moved to Prescott in 1994.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Mary (Ralston) Burns; an infant brother; his first wife, Iphigenia; and his sister, Lois (Burns) Peters.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley, and three children from his previous marriage - son Norman (Barbara) of Ames, Iowa; daughter Sharon (Dennis) Gibson of Madrid, Iowa; and Carla Jean (Edward) Hanson of Des Moines, Iowa; his sister, Donna (Arlen) Tucker of Washta, Iowa; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 22, 2009, at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1202 Green Lane in Prescott, where he had been an active member.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church or the Washta Cemetery Association, c/o Donna Tucker, P.O. Box 19, Washta, Iowa 51061.

Please visit www.ruffnerwakelin.com to view and sign Bob's guestbook.

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