OBITUARY

Robert Hugh Burrows

October 1, 1924November 18, 2021
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On Thursday, November 18, 2021, Robert Hugh Burrows, loving husband and father of six children, passed away at the age of 97.

Robert was born on October 1, 1924 in Detroit, MI to Frank Hugh Burrows and Beulah Marie Harmon. On March 6, 1946, he married Mabel Rosemary Tregear in Toledo, Ohio. They raised four daughters and two sons, Nancy Lynn, Beth Ann, Susan Marie, Rebecca Lou, Robert Hugh (Junior) and Kenneth Blake.

Robert was a busy, active husband and father, devoted to his family while having a long and wonderful career in contracting and construction. His hobbies included golf, reading and travel.

Robert served as a Staff Sargent in the Army during World War II in the 80th Division in the European theater from February of 1944 to December of 1945. He was a part of the Battle of the Bulge, fighting in France, Luxembourg and into Germany and received the American Theater Ribbon, EAME Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal for World War II. Robert proudly and honorably served twice as Commander of the Annual Reunion of the 80th Division Veterans Association. Robert received the French Legion of Honor Medal in 2014.

Robert was preceded in his death by his father, Frank, his mother, Beulah, his sisters Barbara and Betty, his brother, Keith, his wife, Mabel and his daughter Nancy. He is survived by his five children, Beth, Susan, Rebecca, Robert Jr. and Kenneth, 17 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren.

Flowers or donations may be sent to 10940 E. Chandler Heights Road, Chandler, AZ 85248

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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  • Celebration of Life Reception

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

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Betsy Rose

November 27, 2021

I met Bob in 2017 at the 80th INFD Association reunion and we became fast friends and kept in touch over email as we lived on opposite coasts. He helped me learn about the movements of his division as he was the only person I met who served in my grandfather's unit. Bob was able to share with me what was happening on Christmas Eve 1944 when my grandfather was killed in action about a mile away from him. He shared many harrowing stories about what happened there. Bob was so very kind and had me sit with him and Mabel the night I met them at the 80th banquet. I enjoyed visiting with him again in 2019 when he came back to Richmond for another reunion. I owe him a debt of gratitude and will never forget him. He was the dearest on this earth and The Greatest of the Greatest Generation! God rest his soul and condolences to his wonderful family that he loved so much!
Betsy Rose
Bulge Bugle Editor - Battle of the Bulge Association

Jeffrey Graziano

November 22, 2021

I met bob in 2005. He seemed to be a generous man with alot of knowledge in life and experience . right away i soon to agree with what ever he said and I truly believed what he taught me and told me. As the years passed ,I found myself wanting to talk with him about many things. He was honest and did not hold anything back. It is a joy to have known this brave and religious man. I will miss his advice and talking to him

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