Charles Robert Burns, Jr., age 75, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2023 at his home in Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA. Also known as Bob, he was the husband of Sarah A. (Schroeder) Burns whom he married in 1981. He was the son of the late Charles R. and Janet A. (Paulsgrove) Burns and the step-son of the late Bobbie D. Miller.
Bob was a 1966 graduate of Fleetwood Area School District and a 1970 graduate of Kutztown State College, where he obtained a degree in Geography and Earth Science. Following graduation from KSC, Bob taught Science in grades 7 through 9 at Twin Valley School District when he was drafted by the U.S. Army. After completing Basic Training at Fort Dix, N.J., he later served overseas in Germany during peacetime. Upon returning stateside, Bob returned to KSC for one semester where he took further Geography courses. It was in one of those courses that he met his future wife. A lifelong learner, Bob continued his education at Penn State University - Main Campus, obtaining a master's degree in Geography. Following graduation from PSU, he was employed as a Community Planner by the Army Corps of Engineers in Huntington, W VA. While in Huntington, Bob earned a Computer Science degree at Marshall University. He then accepted a position at Carlisle Barracks at the Army War College where he worked in the field of Information /Technology and, lastly, was a Systems Administrator at the Army War College, retiring in 2013. Bob was an avid reader, enjoyed the beach, cooking, traveling throughout the U.S. and Europe, and was a fan of the Kilmarnock (Scottish) Soccer Team. He was a member of Carlisle Fish and Game, the West Shore Sportsmen Association, and the NRA.
In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Burns of Carlisle, a sister Susan Lepako, wife of Les Lepako of Everett, Bedford Co.; a sister-in-law Linda M. Schroeder, widow of William H. Schroeder of Stony Run, Berks Co., several nephews, a niece, several cousins, and 3 stepsisters: Lois Reistroffer, Donna Strohm, and Sandra Kohler, all of Kutztown, Berks Co., PA.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 8, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. in the Nester Funeral Home, 8405 Kings Highway, New Tripoli, PA, with Pastor Robert Ziehmer officiating. Visitation with the family from 10:00 A.M. until time of service. Burial, with military honors, to take place at New Bethel Church Cemetery, 135 New Bethel Church Road, Kempton, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in the deceased's name to: Project Share Food Pantry, 5 N. Orange St., Suite 4, Carlisle, PA 17013 OR to the: New Bethel Church Memorial Fund, 135 New Bethel Church Road, Kempton, PA 19529.
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