Robert L. Burns Jr.
1959 - 2020
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Robert L. Burns Jr.

Age 60 of Canton passed away Thursday December 17, 2020 in Aultman Hospital. He was born December 31, 1959 in Canton to the late Robert L. Sr. and Margie E. (Bennett) Burns. Robert was a 1979 graduate of Canton South High School. He was employed as a Juvenile Corrections Officer at Indian River Schools for 29 years and a Stark County Sheriff Reserve Deputy for 39 years with the current rank of Captain. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Church of the Brethren, Canton Lodge #60 F&AM, Blue Lodge and Scottish Rite Valley of Canton where he was awarded his Meritorious Service Award. Robert served as an assistant Boy Scout leader with Troop 250 for many years, former member of the Canton Township Volunteer Fire Department and a proud member of the Blue Knights.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Wayne Knight. Robert is survived by his wife, Pamela K. (Hostetler) to whom he was married 38 years; two children, Robert (Cole) Weston and Rebecca (Jacob) Groves; one grandson, Levi Burns; one brother, Galen (Doreen) Burns; one sister, Teresa Knight; several nieces and nephews.

A private family graveside service will be conducted in Sunset Hills Memory Gardens. A celebration of Robert's life will be at a future date. Memorial donations may be made to the Canton Masonic Learning Center at 836 Market Ave N., Canton, OH 44702. Condolences or fond memories may be shared online at www.sandersfuneralhomes.com.

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330-484-2525

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Published in The Repository on Dec. 20, 2020.
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22 entries
January 1, 2021
Bob was a true professional and respected citizen. He had a ready smile and made your job at Indian River easier. Both at IRJCF and with the Boy Scouts, Bob influenced and helped many youth. He lives on through their lives and our warm memories of him. May the Lord welcome him home.
Dave Paulin, IRJCF Fiscal Officer, retired
Coworker
December 27, 2020
Mrs. Burns my heart goes out to you and your family. I worked with Bob for several years. May God be with you.
Deborah Austin, retired IRJCF
Coworker
December 27, 2020
Mrs. Burns my heart goes out to you and your family. I worked with Bob for several years. May God be with you.
Deborah Austin
Coworker
December 23, 2020
Pam and family, I will always remember Bob as a friend and fellow officer. He demonstrated the utmost professionalism at the Sheriff's Department and at Indian River. May God accept him with open arms.
Mickey and Kelly Reed
Mickey Reed
Coworker
December 23, 2020
Dear Pam & Family. We are so very sad to read of Bob's passing. We have often thought of you since Blue Knights. When we remember Bob it is his warmth and friendliness, and that wonderful sense of humour. Just a good guy! And, when you attended meetings we could see and feel the bond between the two of you and your beautiful family. Please accept our prayers for strength, for hope, and love.
Bob & Bertie Shirley
Bob Shirley
Friend
December 22, 2020
Sincere Sympathy to Pam, Teresa, Galen along with the rest of the family. Condolences also to friends and co-workers.
Mary Ann Knight Krantz
Friend
December 22, 2020
So sorry to hear of his passing.

Bob was never close to me and in fact might not remember or know me, but my grandmother spoke often and well of him and his parents.

Even if we are not close we were family and it hurts to hear of his passing.

My blessings go out to everyone and his family.
Julie-Anna Steffee
Family
December 22, 2020
Pam and family,
We are so sorry. It's hard to believe. Bob will be remembered by so many.
At Christmas time I always remember when he was Santa at my sisters restaurant. He was a great Santa!!
We will miss running into you guys at different places we frequent.
RIP Bob. Many prayers for all of you.
God bless
Edi & Rob Alessandrini
Friend
December 21, 2020
My heart goes out to the Burns family I worked with him for 20 years and Bob was such a great man. RIP Bob. God Bless
Paula Schiro - Retired Indian River
Coworker
December 21, 2020
To Pam, Bobby and Rebecca,
I am so sorry and saddened to here of the passing of Bob. I have had the honor to have known Bob for many years. To me, Bob is family.family as a “brother” in Law Enforcement, as we have spent all those years together in the Sheriff’s Reserves, working together, meetings, motorcycle details, and yes even “family get togethers” with the department; Seeing Bobbie and Rebecca grow up. As a fellow “brother” in the Blue Knights OH XXV chapter, Bob will be missed as he transfers to “Heaven 1”. I know what it is like to lose a loved one this time of year; I lost my mother 24 years ago to the day that Bob passedyou will never forget; Christmas time will never be the same and my heart goes out to you. I know, but maybe many people don’t realize that you and Bob would take on the characters of Santa and Mrs. Claus to bring joy to the children and all the others around you every year at this time. You and Bob have touched the hearts of many. May the void that was created with Bob’s passing be replaced with the love and memories he has left behind. May God bless the family. My prayers and thoughts go out to you. Rest In Peace, Bob.

Tom Rush
Friend
December 21, 2020
Our sincere condolences and prayers to the family.
Bro/32 Pete and Barbara Kazakis
Friend
December 20, 2020
Dearest family ,
Pat and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy to you all. I was very heartbroken to hear of the news of Bobby . I have the fondest of memories of us growing up . The family get togethers , the haircuts he let me practice on him while in school at Canton South . To being my protector while I was in school with him. We never kept in touch as we both moved on with our families and lives . But he was always admired and loved . Sending our love , Pat & Brenda Burns Curren -
Brenda Burns Curren
Family
December 20, 2020
Gloria J Robbins
Coworker
December 20, 2020
Saddened to hear of Bob’s passing.
Too Young!
Jim Tolin Jr
Friend
December 20, 2020
Pam, Robert, and Rebecca, We send our condolences, as Bob will always be remembered as an upstanding person & one of the greatest Reserve Deputies on the Department! We send our thoughts & prayers that the Lord will comfort & bless you during this time.
Connie & Bernie Kieffer
Friend
December 20, 2020
Bob was always friendly, helpful and willing to share a funny story. I am a coworker of his and will miss him dearly... His infectious smile and sense of humor will always be a fond memory... RIH Bob and keep those angels smiling!!
Patricia Remillard
Coworker
December 20, 2020
A very good friend, he will surely be missed. Rest in Peace Bob
Don Ansell
Friend
December 20, 2020
May the Lord comfort you during this sorrowful time. God Bless! Enjoyed the many years we had together.
Sheriff and Sandy Swanson
Coworker
December 20, 2020
Bob was an outstanding Reserve Deputy, and a all around great guy. He will be missed.
Gary Shankle
Gary Shankle
Friend
December 19, 2020
Bob was a good friend & great co - worker. I spent 22 years working with Bob Indian River correctional. Bob and I used to share a lot about our families,especially our kids. I remember several years ago I was going through a rough patch and Bob offered me money to help my family. He had a heart for people.
Greg Welch
Friend
December 19, 2020
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I worked at the Sheriffs office with Bob. I have great memories of Bob. Our condolences to Pam, Robert and Rebecca.
Charlie and Diane Buzille Charleston SC
Charlie Buzille
Coworker
December 19, 2020
I work in IT from Columbus Ohio and worked with Robert for several years always went above and beyond to help me whenever I was at the facility he truly was an amazing person and will be missed by many God bless him rest in peace Robert the family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers
Debbie Alessio
Coworker
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