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Robert Lee Burns

September 26, 1954 - June 12, 2021

Robert Lee Burns, 66, of Chatham, IL died Saturday, June 12, 2021 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born September 26, 1954 in Springfield, IL to Harry and Roberta (Hawkins) Burns. He married Marsha Henderson December 31, 1996.

He is survived by his wife Marsha of Chatham; three children, James Robert (Renate) Burns of San Antonio, TX, Diandra Marie (Jeremiah) Werner of Champaign and Coryn Elizabeth Burns of Chatham; grandson, Jaxson Avery Werner of Champaign; granddaughter, Enalese G. Burns of San Antonio, TX and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Marcus Anthony Henderson; three brothers, Harry, William and Gerald and one sister, Betty Jean.

Robert was a 1972 graduate from Springfield Southeast High School and received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism in 1977 from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. He had a lengthy career as a sportswriter for The State-Journal Register. He was one of the voices behind WFMB-AM’s “Sportswriters on the Radio”, the head of public relations for the Peoria Suns Baseball Club, news and sports anchor for WMBD AM-TV, and his later years were spent as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble. Robert will be remembered as a source of light for all that came across his path.

Visitation: 4 – 7 pm Friday, June 18, 2021 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield.

Funeral Service: 3:00 pm, Saturday, June 19, 2021 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield with Pastor Cindy Lash officiating. Burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery at 11:00 am Monday, June 21, 2021 at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

CDC Protocol shall be followed.

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, June 18, 2021

Time: 04:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield


1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map

Service Information

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021

Time: 03:00 pm

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield


1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map

Cemetery Information

Date: Monday, June 21, 2021

Time: 11:00 am

Oak Ridge Cemetery


1441 Monument Ave
Springfield, IL 62702

(217) 789-2340 Map

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