Robert Emmett Burns

Robert Emmett Burns

July 9, 1937 – August 3, 2022

Preceded in death by wife, Carolyn Ann Burns; parents, Mary and Harry Burns; infant sister, Theresa Burns; brothers-in-law: Earl Taylor, Tony Zavodsky and Steve Miller; in-laws, Melvin and Lorraine Schnegelberger; infant brother-in-law, Jeffrey Schnegelberger.  Survived by son, Tim Burns (Alice); daughters, Andrea Barkley (Hank) and Maureen Chance (Sean); sisters, Rose Taylor and Angie Miller; brother, Pat Burns (Bonnie); sisters-in-law: Barb Carpenter (Roger), Jane Huff (John), Joan Evertts (Steve) and Marian Cerny (Larry); brothers-in-law, Everett Schnegelberberger (Pat) and Evan Schnegelberger (Nancy); sister-in-law, Melinda Reed (Bruce); brother-in-law, Terry Schnegelberger; sisters-in-law, Lynn Haecker (Kelly) and Mona Hinrichs; fourteen grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

VISITATION: Monday, August 8th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, August 9th at 11am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific.  Interment, Omaha National Cemetery. 

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  • Mary Reager Posted August 7, 2022 6:10 pm

    My deepest condolences to all of those who loved Bob. Bob was a most inspirational force that encouraged me to get involved and stay involved with DPMA/AITP. I will forever be grateful for knowing him and calling him my friend. God bless

  • Ardys Hansum Posted August 7, 2022 10:13 pm


  • Ardys Hansum Posted August 7, 2022 10:23 pm

    To Bob’s Family,
    I moved into Wedgewood just down the street from Bob and Carolyn 11 years ago. A couple days after I moved in, Bob appeared at my door with some baked goods Carolyn had made for me. Of course, he was also our neighborhood watch person, so once in a while we’d’ get emails cautioning about things going on in the area. I live on the north end of the Plaza, so he and I would often wave at each other if he was outside as I drove by. He was a kind and helpful man, and we missed them when they moved to a retirement facility. My sympathy to all of you in the family, but with Bob’s faith, we can be assured that he is with the God he served so well.

  • Robin Laird Posted August 8, 2022 5:48 am

    Dear Tim, Andrea and Maureen, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. Bob was a gentle and dear man. I am so grateful that I got to know him. May he rest with all the angels and saints! Peace and blessings to you all! Robin

  • Diane Baxa Posted August 8, 2022 7:48 am

    My condolences to all of the Burns family. We have known this wonderful couple for many years, first knowing Carolyn as a child, growing up as neighbors, cousins, classmates and friends. We grew to know and love Robert after their marriage, not seeing them often, but always at family reunions, What a wonderful example of love they both displayed through their lives not just to family but to all who knew them. Robert will be missed, but I’m sure is enjoying his reunion with Carolyn. Thoughts and prayers to all of the family. Sincerely, Diane Baxa

  • April Clark Posted August 8, 2022 9:01 am

    Bob was a good friend for many years, and he always greeted me with a smile and a warm handshake or hug. He was a knowledgeable and kind gentleman who has been a pleasure to know for over 30 years through DPMA. He is resting in the hollow of God’s hand now and helping everyone else. Tim – thank you so much for keeping me appraised so I could visit your Dad at Parson’s House – I will be forever indebted to you for that. Please accept my prayers and sympathy. April Clark

  • Susan Black Posted August 8, 2022 2:17 pm

    My sincere condolences to all of Bob’s family and friends. I had the pleasure of meeting Bob (and Carolyn) at a reunion of my father’s 173rd Field Artillery Group from WWII. That reunion, which was organized by Leonard Schnegelberger, who also served in that unit, was held in Omaha in 2004. Since that time, Bob was a loyal supporter of that group and was instrumental in the formation in 2007 of a new group for descendants of those who served in the unit, the Next Generation, Since that time, Bob continued to support the Next Generation — also founding and publishing a Newsletter for it. Bob continued to support and contribute to that organization in all the years since that time. His dedication, loyalty and kindness has been appreciated by so many over the years. We will miss him.

  • Susan Danielson Posted August 9, 2022 11:22 am

    Andrea, Tim and Maureen my sincere sympathy to all with the passing of your dear Dad. My family came to know your Mom and Dad when Bob and my dad (Wayne Helfrich)’ shared a room at Methodist Hospital’ both with heart issues. Your parents and mine became fast friends and over the years enjoyed many visits. Your dad was a welcome face I greeted at my Mom’s funeral, (Orpha Helfrich) in 2017. I know your many wonderful memories will carry you til you meet again. Sincerely, Susan Helfrich Danielson.

  • Judy snd Gene Larson Posted August 9, 2022 11:52 am

    I was so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Prayers to all his family. I have know Bob for a very long time. His parents snd mine were good friends. We spent many a Saturday and or Sunday out at their farm probably since I was 7 or 8 years old. The farm was near Archer,NE.
    Many memories with the entire Family.
    Love and prayers to all. Bob’s children and Rosemary and Angela my heart goes out to you.
    Judy Larson, Hot Springs,, AR.

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