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Longtime Kosciusko County judge dies

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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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  1. I work with some older lawyers in the 70s, 80s, and they are sharp as tacks compared to the foggy minded, undisciplined, inexperienced, listless & aimless "youths" being churned out by the diploma mill law schools by the tens of thousands. A client is generally lucky to land a lawyer who has decided to stay in practice a long time. Young people shouldn't kid themselves. Experience is golden especially in something like law. When you start out as a new lawyer you are about as powerful as a babe in the cradle. Whereas the silver halo of age usually crowns someone who can strike like thunder.

  2. YES I WENT THROUGH THIS BEFORE IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION WITH MY YOUNGEST SON PEOPLE NEED TO LEAVE US ALONE WITH DCS IF WE ARE NOT HURTING OR NEGLECT OUR CHILDREN WHY ARE THEY EVEN CALLED OUT AND THE PEOPLE MAKING FALSE REPORTS NEED TO GO TO JAIL AND HAVE A CLASS D FELONY ON THERE RECORD TO SEE HOW IT FEELS. I WENT THREW ALOT WHEN HE WAS TAKEN WHAT ELSE DOES THESE SCHOOL WANT ME TO SERVE 25 YEARS TO LIFE ON LIES THERE TELLING OR EVEN LE SAME THING LIED TO THE COUNTY PROSECUTOR JUST SO I WOULD GET ARRESTED AND GET TIME HE THOUGHT AND IT TURNED OUT I DID WHAT I HAD TO DO NOT PROUD OF WHAT HAPPEN AND SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SEEKING MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR MY CHILD I AM DISABLED AND SICK OF GETTING TREATED BADLY HOW WOULD THEY LIKE IT IF I CALLED APS ON THEM FOR A CHANGE THEN THEY CAN COME AND ARREST THEM RIGHT OUT OF THE SCHOOL. NOW WE ARE HOMELESS AND THE CHILDREN ARE STAYING WITH A RELATIVE AND GUARDIAN AND THE SCHOOL WON'T LET THEM GO TO SCHOOL THERE BUT WANT THEM TO GO TO SCHOOL WHERE BULLYING IS ALLOWED REAL SMART THINKING ON A SCHOOL STAFF.

  3. Family court judges never fail to surprise me with their irrational thinking. First of all any man who abuses his wife is not fit to be a parent. A man who can't control his anger should not be allowed around his child unsupervised period. Just because he's never been convicted of abusing his child doesn't mean he won't and maybe he hasn't but a man that has such poor judgement and control is not fit to parent without oversight - only a moron would think otherwise. Secondly, why should the mother have to pay? He's the one who made the poor decisions to abuse and he should be the one to pay the price - monetarily and otherwise. Yes it's sad that the little girl may be deprived of her father, but really what kind of father is he - the one that abuses her mother the one that can't even step up and do what's necessary on his own instead the abused mother is to pay for him???? What is this Judge thinking? Another example of how this world rewards bad behavior and punishes those who do right. Way to go Judge - NOT.

  4. Right on. Legalize it. We can take billions away from the drug cartels and help reduce violence in central America and more unwanted illegal immigration all in one fell swoop. cut taxes on the savings from needless incarcerations. On and stop eroding our fourth amendment freedom or whatever's left of it.

  5. "...a switch from crop production to hog production "does not constitute a significant change."??? REALLY?!?! Any judge that cannot see a significant difference between a plant and an animal needs to find another line of work.

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