The Norman Transcript


April 1, 2014

Robert Allan Burns

NORMAN — Robert Allan Burns, 66, of Little Axe, passed away Friday, March 28, 2014, in Little Axe.

He was born Jan. 25, 1948, to Robert Lee and Leona Mae (Ward) Burns in Oklahoma City. Robert grew up in Oklahoma City, living in the Little Axe area. Robert attended and graduated in 1966 from S.E. High School. He graduated from Rose State College, earning his associate’s degree in art.

Robert was proud of his military service. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, serving three tours as a tunnel rat.

He started working as an aircraft load master at Tinker Air Force Base, later doing artwork, airbrushing, welding and metal sculpturing, which included military themes, and retired from Tinker.

Robert enjoyed the great outdoors and loved hunting, fishing and being around animals. He loved being an artist and a writer.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lee Burns; daughter, April Lea Burns-Jones; and son, Darren Robert Burns.

Robert is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law Sherri Hernandez and Nick of Oklahoma City, Wendi Parsons and Phillip of Yukon, Shawna Ward-Seelbach of Weatherford, Cheyenne Kugler of Little Axe and Andrea Burks and Jason of Little Axe; 10 grandchildren, Joey, Rylee, Haylee, Brittnie, Gage, Denton, Kilian, Ethan, Michael and Austyn; mother, Leona Mae Burns; sisters and brother-in-law Donna Ptak and Betty Krivoniak and Warren; brother and sister-in-law, Tommy Burns and Jeanetta; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday and continue until time of service. Family gathering to meet with friends will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cooper Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Dale Cemetery, with the Rev. Chad Brodrick, Tecumseh First Assembly of God, officiating under the direction of Cooper Funeral Home in Tecumseh.

To share memories or to sign the guest book, visit

Norman Transcript, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Breaking news, severe weather alerts, AMBER alerts, sports scores from The Norman Transcript are available as text messages right to your phone or mobile device. You decide which type of alerts you want to receive. Find out more or to signup, click here.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Arley Jay Newton

    Arley Jay Newton died Saturday, July 26, 2014, in Tulsa. Arley was born Feb. 4, 1957, in Tulsa, to parents John Newton and Marianna (Pyatt) Newton....

    July 29, 2014

  • Jo Ann Oberst

    Jo Ann Oberst, 80, of Norman, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in Norman. She was born April 13, 1934, in Oklahoma City to Albert Siddens and Mary (Mollman) Siddens Manley. She retired from the University of Oklahoma in 1995....

    July 29, 2014

  • Elizabeth Mary Waters

    Services for Elizabeth Mary Waters, 92, Norman, who died Friday, July 25, of natural causes, will be10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Robinson Street Baptist Church, 801 E. Robinson. Bill Blair will officiate. Viewing will be Monday, July 28, 8 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Francis Fynmore

    James Francis Fynmore, III, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 22, 2014....

    July 27, 2014

  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Chambers

    Although Tom was christened Thomas Previglian, he took his step-father’s name of Chambers as it was easier to spell when he entered grade school. Born in Olean, New York, on March 11, 1943, he transitioned into his new life on July 25, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • John Martin McMahon

    John Martin McMahon, 87, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, to John and Hattie McMahon, in Detroit....

    July 27, 2014

  • Erma Gene Hubbard

    Family matriarch Erma Gene Hubbard passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, in Norman. She was born March 5, 1921, to Harvel Bryan Pitchford and Lillian Floy Moon in Okemah....

    July 27, 2014

  • Betty Jo Tucker

    Betty Jo Tucker, 84, of Rosedale, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Betty Jo Easley was born Dec. 19, 1929, in Rosedale, the third of five children born to Calvin Andrew Easley and Laura Era (Miser) Easley. She spent her early years in ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Berenice Elizabeth Young

    Berenice Elizabeth  Young, 84, died Monday, July 7, 2014. She was born Nov. 27, 1929....

    July 27, 2014

  • Lucille C. Knapple

    Lucille C. Knapple was born June 2, 1927, to Thomas and Emma Morren, in Norman. She was the only girl, with eight brothers. Lucille met and married her husband, James N. Knapple on April 24, 1947. They had three children, Helene, Ann and ...

    July 27, 2014