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Longtime Kosciusko County judge dies

July 22, 2011

A former judge in Kosciusko County died Wednesday. Hon. C. Robert “Bob” Burner was 81.

A veteran of the United States Army, he was honorably discharged in 1947 and went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law in 1959. He moved to Warsaw in 1959, where he lived ever since, to practice law. In 1964, he became a Warsaw City Court judge. He resigned in January 1975 to devote more time to legal practice.

In January 1976, he became judge of the newly created Kosciusko County Court. In 1979, Judge Burner was appointed Superior Court 1 judge, where he served until he retired in 1996. Later, he worked as a senior judge for Kosciusko, Marshall, and Wabash counties.  

Judge Burner has been widely recognized for his work in establishing juvenile rehabilitation programs. He also helped to establish the court appointed special advocates program of Kosciusko County in 1990.

He received the Sagamore of the Wabash in 1996 from then-Gov. Evan Bayh. Judge Burner was a longtime member of the Warsaw Aero Modelers and active in the Warsaw Little League.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. July 27 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Warsaw, Ind. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. July 26, with a Masonic Memorial Service at 8 p.m. conducted by Pierceton Masonic Lodge #377.

He is survived by his wife Sheila Burner; sons Kurt Burner, and Kevin (Rebecca) Burner; daughters Kristi (Todd) Medert, Kathy Burner, and Karin Burner; 10 grandchildren; and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607;  St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 424 W. Market St. Warsaw, IN 46580; or Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581-1196.

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