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OBITUARY

Robert Hamilton Burns

September 21, 1933March 21, 2020

Robert Hamilton Burns, 86 of Beaverton, Oregon exchanged time for eternity after a long battle with Parkinson's disease on Saturday, March 21st 2020. He was a fighter and never gave up! He was born on September 21st, 1933 in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Frank and Josephine Burns.

Robert married to Lois Jean Rudolph on January 7th, 1956. They celebrated 64 years of marriage together.

Robert was a veteran and was in the Air Force and was stationed at Andrews Air Force base. He served 4 years active duty and 4 years of on-call duty.

Robert was a graduate of Rutgers University, 1968 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He spent many years attending night school to obtain his degree while working and raising his family of 4 children. He also attended a program at M.I.T. for telecommunications.

Robert enjoyed a long career in the telecommunications industry. He started out working at AT&T in New Jersey and transferred to Pacific NW Bell in 1970. He worked for many years at PNB, MCI and consulted for many years. Robert was co-founder of Shared Communications.

Robert had many hobbies and he had a life long love of golf and played as much as possible. In retirement, he worked at several golf courses as a marshal and took over writing the monthly news letters. In his earlier years he sang in the church choir. He was a volunteer at St. Vincent's hospital for 10+ years greeting people and helping them find their way.

Robert enjoyed being in a bowling league for several years. He was an amature gemologist and rock hound and loved going to the coast to find "treasures". He loved science and anything to do with astronomy and space. He was not afraid to try new hobbies and dabbled in painting and stained glass. He and Lois traveled extensively and went on many trips around the world together.

He was a wonderful father and husband. Robert was devoted to his family; taking them for trips to the Oregon Coast and Columbia Gorge for hikes and picnics and family time together. They took many trips to OMSI as a family. He was always there for them and helped them become the people they are today.

He is survived by his wife Lois Burns, their children and spouses. Robert Shawn Burns, Melissa (Burns) Wagner and Dan Wagner, Heather (Burns) Guzman and Miguel Guzman, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren with one more on the way in July. He is also survived by his sister Judy (Burns) Laqualia.

Preceded in death was his son Michael Hamilton Burns, September 3rd, 2012.

In leu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson’s Resource Organization at https://www.parkinsonsresources.org

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Heather Guzman

April 4, 2020

Hi Dad! I miss you so much, but am so glad you are no longer suffering with the Parkinson's- no more bumps and bruises!
You were always, ALWAYS there for me no matter what; whether to just talk with for advice, jokes, a verbal kick in the butt when it was needed ( which I didn't appreciate at the time but.....), to give a shoulder to cry on, or a hug. I always looked up to you and mom.
I cherish the memories of all our beach trips, mountain trips, sitting in the backyard playing scrabble, or just sitting listening to the wind.
While I was sitting at your bedside during your last days, I was rambling on and I told you I couldn't believe I'd be eligible for the senior discount at Sheri's, the last thing you said to me was " you are old" and gave me a grin- I still laugh when I think of it!
I love you. I miss you. Thanx for being my Dad.

Shawn Burns

March 31, 2020

Dear Dad, I miss you so very much. I miss going to the coast with you, looking for agates, walking on the beach, and filling the back of the old station wagon with rocks and bringing them back home to use in the yard and, of course, getting some beef jerky or chocolate-covered marshmallow pinwheels for the ride home. Every time I drive through the coast range and see the vine maples, I think of you. I feel your presence. As I write this, I remember one of your favorite quotes from Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Well, Dad, between the tears, i’m trying to smile. I know that you are in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope that there is a nice beach for you to walk on there. Love, Shawn

Rachel Wagner

March 31, 2020

I have no bad memories with Grandpa Bob. He was such a positive influence in my life growing up - always happy, always smiling, always kind and always genuine. I always felt comfortable talking to him about anything and knew that he would honestly listen. He was supportive, wise and instructive in the kindest way. Grandpa was truly generous in the way that he loved his family.

Some of my greatest memories with him have left the biggest imprints on my heart. Everytime I saw him when I was little we would play with the stuffed giraffe called "boinky-boink." Even when it became tiring for him, he would still play because he knew it how much joy it gave me. One summer he asked me to help him understand how to use the computer. I secretly think he knew what he was doing most the time, but he just wanted to spend time with me which speaks volumes of who he was.

So even though we won't see him in this lifetime anymore, I have full assurance he is being held in the arms of Jesus at this very moment. I am thankful for the selfless life he lived for others and for the Lord. He was a man God and it genuinely showed in his character. I am thankful for the way he loved me so deeply, and I am glad he is finally home living the most unimaginable life possible with God our Father in Heaven! Grandpa is so loved and he is so missed.

Jordan Wagner

March 29, 2020

My Grandpa (post 2)

My grandpa was a man of service and sacrifice. He served in the military and later in life volunteered for years at St. Vincent hospital in Portland, Oregon. I remember looking up to him for his volunteer work and aspired to be just like him.

I am so thankful that my grandpa was able to meet my wife Kaitlin and son Milo. When I was getting ready to propose to my wife Kaitlin, I went over to my grandparents house and showed him the ring that I had purchased. The smile on his face was priceless. He told me all about how he worked so hard laying tarmac at the air force base to be able to afford the ring he gave to grandma. When he first met Milo about a year and a half ago, Milo wrapped his hands around my grandpa’s index finger and I’ll never forget what he said, “he has my finger, like he has my heart.” That memory will last a life time for me!

At the end of the day a few memories written down cannot express enough how special my grandpa was. He impacted my life greatly and I am better off in life because of him. I will miss him tremendously here on earth, but know that because of his faith in the Lord, I will see him again.

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. “ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-15.

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Dan Wagner

March 29, 2020

Bobski as I called him. He was my father in-law but more like a real father to me. He was always very kind and generous. I remember all the times we went golfing and boy oh boy was he a good golfer! I learned a lot from him.

I could always count on him to watch a good golf tournament or football game on Sunday in his back room lounging together. He was fun to be around and always gave me good advice about life situations. I appreciated his wisdom and his sense of humor. He will truly be missed.

Towards the end of his days he was falling a lot and we had a saying “keep the rubber side down”

Well Bobski I truly know that you are going to be keeping the rubber side down now where you are with Jesus.

2 Cor 5:8

Absent with the body present with the Lord.

And that is where you are. Someday I will see you again in Heaven. Until then you will be missed.

I love you Bobski.

Jordan Wagner

March 28, 2020

My grandpa (post 1)

My grandpa was a wonderful man. I will miss him here on earth tremendously, but I am confident I will see him again!

My grandpa was a man of many talents and hobbies, but golf was probably his favorite. I remember to this day him teaching me how to hit the perfect chip shot. Back in the second grade I was in a golf league with my friends. I remember my ball was about 10 yards out from the green on the ninth hole during my “championship” round. He stood there watching me and smiling and I completely shanked my shot across the green into the sand trap on the other side of the green. He came up to me and said “here try this again, but I am going to show you how to hit the ball to make it land softly on the green.” After a few minutes of instruction I was able to hit the ball perfectly on the green.

My grandpa was a man of intelligence and study. I remember many long conversations with him about the ins and outs of diabetes (he had type 2 and I have type 1 diabetes). We would sit back and talk about ideas for a cure or compare our blood sugar logs. If we weren’t talking about this we might be found talking about space and the cosmos or the wonderful attributes of God and the creativity seen in His creation.

My grandpa was a fun man, who loved his grandchildren and family. I remember he used to build forts and castles out of pillows and stuffed animals with my sister and I. He would make us feel like we were kings and queens of our own castle. I remember going to see the lion king play with him as a child and feeling so special to be out with just my grandparents.

My grandpa was an encourager, he always wanted people to pursue their passions. While I was in school at Seattle Pacific, he used to write me letters of encouragement telling me I could do it, I could make it through nursing school and become a nurse. I looked forward to getting letters from him and telling him all about my experiences.

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Steve O’Neil

March 28, 2020

I will remember you as a good man, husband & father and a fellow NW Bell guy. May you Rest In Peace.

Elmer moe Kleinke

March 28, 2020

Love ya Bobby boy...look forward to seeing you down the road.
Moe K.

Melissa Wagner

March 28, 2020

“It is assumed.” Those were the last words that my dad said to me. I was at his bedside and something was terribly wrong. He was still able to speak, but it was getting hard. I told him that I loved him and I said in a jokingly way to coax a smile from him, “ don't you want to tell me that you love me too? Or should I just assume it?” He quietly responded, “it is assumed,” and smiled at me.

I’ll never forget that moment and will always be grateful. I always knew that he loved me, he showed it a million ways over my lifetime. I NEVER had to assume. My earthly father is in Heaven now and I will see him again someday. A few months ago I was trying to sleep but kept wrestling with that phrase that people use when someone dies, “passing away.” I knew that my dad was getting closer to that time so it was on my mind frequently, but for some reason this night was particularly troubling. I kept thinking, passing away to where? “So and so passed away,” it didn’t sit right.

The next morning I opened the mail that I had left on the counter the night before. There was a Christmas card with an enclosed letter that told of events that had transpired that year. It stated a distant family member had passed away, but instead of saying “passed away,” it said, “they had traded time for eternity.” After my night of wrestling with “passing away,” this was perfect! Oh how I love how God speaks to us. There was my answer!

We don’t just pass away. We go to Heaven where we will be with the Lord for ALL eternity. Think about that! I don’t want to pass away someday, I want to be with my Father in Heaven who tells me I am His for ALL TIME. We are God’s children for all time and beyond time, into eternity. I can’t wait to see my earthly father again and the Father that stands with me for ALL TIME. I am sad that my dad is no longer here. This will take time and will forever change me, but what makes it all bearable is God. I love you Father.

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Ronald Adams

March 27, 2020

Bob and I met and worked together in Marketing at PNB almost from the moment he escaped to Oregon from New Jersey. He is one of my very favorite people. Funny, intelligent, thoughtful, incredibly supportive of his people and a hellava golfer. His positive approach through the difficulties of the long battle with Parkinson's was an inspiration for us all. I especially appreciated his friendship. Thank you Bobby. Go with God. Ron Adams

FROM THE FAMILY