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Robert L. Burson

September 6, 1932 - August 18, 2018

U.S. Veteran
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Robert L. Burson


Tarkio, Missouri


Robert L. Burson, the son of Denton Robert Orlando and Leota Pearl (Liter) Burson, was born September 6, 1932, on the farm in Mills County, Iowa, near Strahan, Iowa.  He attended Wales Country School in Iowa, and Bell Grove School in Nodaway County, Missouri.


On April 11, 1952, Robert was united in marriage to Julia Ann Richey in Bedford, Iowa.  They moved to California where he worked for the General Tire and Rubber Company for a period of time before returning to the Midwest.


On February 11, 1955, Robert entered the United States Army and served his country until honorably discharged on February 7, 1957.  Robert farmed in Northwest Missouri for many years, milked dairy cows, and raised hogs and row crops along with working for Lloyd Chain in Maryville, Missouri.  Robert and Julie moved back to Hopkins, Missouri, where he owned and operated a small engine repair shop for many years.  Along with running the shop, he and Julie hand raised birds of all types that they sold to pet shops. Julie passed away March 15, 2002.


Robert loved the time he spent with his extended family and enjoyed visiting with friends in his shop and around town. He was a Christian and was affiliated with the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church in Hopkins.  Robert passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Community Hospital-Fairfax, Fairfax, Missouri, at the age of 85.


In addition to his parents and his beloved wife, Julie, Robert was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty M. Martin and Pearl L Klassy and brothers, Orlando and Earl L. Burson.  Survivors include son, Charles R. Burson; sisters-in law, Coleen Burson, Ephrata, Washington, and Clara Burson, Maryville, Missouri; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his caregivers while living in Tarkio, Crystal Dooley and Susan Driskell.


Memorial Service: 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 30, 2018, Wray Memorial United Methodist Church, Hopkins, Missouri.

Inurnment:  Hopkins Cemetery, Hopkins, Missouri

There is no visitation.

Memorials:  Robert Burson Memorial Fund

Arrangements:  Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.