Col. Richard Alan Burr (USA Ret.), 81, of Carlisle, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Claremont Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born on March 17, 1931, in Melrose, MA to the late Wilfred and Hazel (Blanchard) Burr. He graduated from Melrose High School in 1949; and Harvard College in 1953 as Distinguished Military Graduate in ROTC, and commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Army's Field Artillery. During his 30-year military career, Richard proudly served 4 tours of duty in West Germany, 2 tours in South Korea and 1 in Vietnam. He attended schools such as the Army Language School, in Monterey, CA in 1958 and The Army War College, Class of 1975. Among his awards and medals are the Legion of Merit and The Bronze Star. On November 30, 1957, Richard married Lois Ann Hoey, a neighbor and classmate since elementary school, at the First Congregational Church in Melrose. Their first son, Richard, Jr. (wife Erica) died September 8, 2006. Surviving are, his loving wife, Lois; sons, John Thayer Burr of Vienna, Va and Matthew Lloyd O.D. and wife Vicki of Boiling Springs, PA; daughter, Elaine B. Estis of Atlas, PA; his brother, Wilfred F. Burr, Jr. and wife Glenice of Rochester, NH; five grandchildren, Noah M. Burr, Paul H. Wywadis, Rebecca L. Burr, Nicholas R. Burr, 4 nephews and 2 nieces. After retirement from the Army in 1983, Richard attended the Dickson School of Law, passed the bar and practiced law for 12 years, before retiring to spend time in Florida with Lois. Rich's hobbies include playing guitar and singing since his teens, collecting stamps, playing golf, chess and archery. He loved to read and was a member of the NRA. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Alzheimer Disease Research Center, U. of Pittsburgh MC, Montefiore, 4th Floor, Suite 421, 200 Lothrop Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582. Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania, Inc.
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Published in The Melrose Free Press from Feb. 1 to Feb. 8, 2013