Cover photo for Robert Eugene Burns's Obituary
Robert Eugene Burns Profile Photo
1936 Robert Eugene Burns 2024

Robert Eugene Burns

October 28, 1936 — January 16, 2024

Terre Haute


Robert Eugene Burns, 87 of Terre Haute, passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 in Majestic Care of Terre Haute.  He was born in Staunton, IN on October 28, 1936 to Russell Burns and Tressa Kirchner Burns.

Robert was a retired school teacher with the Vigo County School Corporation and also was a successful basketball and cross country coach, having won many championships in both sports.  He enjoyed playing golf and was a pilot and enjoyed flying his own plane.  He was a former member of West Terre Haute Masonic Lodge # 687 F & AM, as well as the Scottish Rite and Zorah Shrine.  After retiring from teaching, he and his wife Carmen spent their winters in Florida for nearly 20 years.

Robert is survived by his two daughters, Kim Kraner (Charles) and Penni Decker (James), as well as three grandchildren, Megan Hancock (Parker), Klayton Corzine (Noelle), and Kirstin Clark.  He is also survived by three great grandchildren, Landon Hancock, Mason Hancock, and Reagan Hancock, as well as several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wife Carmen Sue Davis Burns who passed away on September 2, 2023, as well as his siblings, Charles, Marion, and Lula.

Funeral services will be held at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 North 3rd St., West Terre Haute, IN on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at 1:00 PM.  Visitation is scheduled for Saturday from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in the funeral home.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation will follow services.

Online condolences can be left at:

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Robert Eugene Burns, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, January 20, 2024

11:00am - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Saturday, January 20, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 481

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree