LONG BEACH - Robert R. Burns, 86, of Long Beach passed away Feb. 11, 2008, in Long Beach following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 25, 1921, in Ellensburg, to Chester and Margaret (Williams) Burns. He grew up in Ellensburg, attending school there and after a year in college he joined the Army serving as a radio operator in the Asia Pacific Theater.
After the service, he went to work for the U.S. Postal Service and this was his career for 30 years until his retirement in 1981.
On July 28, 1960, he married Jean Strah and they settled in the Seattle Metro area where they raised their family. They had property in Long Beach and in 1995 moved here permanently.
Mr. Burns was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Seaview. He also belonged to the Eagles and Elks lodges. He was an avid bowler and was recently profiled in an Observer article on senior bowlers. An adventurous traveler, he and his wife had just returned from a two-week cruise from Spain to Miami. They also enjoyed traveling in their RV.
In 1917 his father purchased a King Touring motorcar, which he passed on to his son, who over the years spent many hours restoring this wonderful family heirloom.
Survivors include his wife, Jean at the family home in Long Beach; his children Katherine Miller of Everett, Francis Burns of Germany, Earl Burns of Nevada and Roseane Ballard of Nevada; grandchildren Angela, Rory and Melody and great-grandchildren Aaron and Kirstyn. A son, Robert Burns, preceded him in death.
A funeral service will take place Saturday, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m., at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea. Internment will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Everett. The family requests donations to either the American Cancer Society or South Pacific County Humane Society. The guest book may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com.