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Robert Burton

December 16, 1945 — July 12, 2017

Robert LeRoy Burton, 71, passed away July 12, 2017 in Fremont, NE.

Robert was born December 16, 1945, in Maywood, NE, to Roy I. Burton and Rowena Ruth Towne Burton. Robert had one older sister, Iona.  Iona and Robert were raised on a farm southwest of Maywood and he graduated from Maywood High School in 1964 and the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1968. While growing up Robert was very active in 4-H, baseball, and high school sports.  In August 1967, Robert married Janice Teel.  To this union three children were born, Ryan, Robin, and RaeAnn.

Robert worked for the State of Nebraska, Educational Lands and Funds, and Farmland Industries, before moving his family to the farm in 1974.  Robert and Janice raised their children on the farm southwest of Maywood.

Robert was a 4-H leader, baseball coach, and served on the Ag Valley Co-op board.  His hobbies included target rifle shooting that found him traveling to and winning many competitions, hunting, wood carving and spending time with his four precious grandchildren.

In 2009 Robert suffered a severe stroke and moved to Ambassador Long Term Care in Nebraska City.  In 2015 Robert moved to Dunklau Gardens Long Term Care in Fremont, NE.  This located him right between his children and their families; Robin and Michelle Burton of Schuyler and Jared and RaeAnn Knoell of Omaha.  During his time in Nebraska City and Fremont, he made many new friends and always enjoyed visits from his little grandchildren, joking with them and asking them about their activities.  The staff always commented on his politeness and courtesy.

Robert is survived by his children Ryan (Andrea) Burton, North Platte, NE; Robin (Michelle) Burton, Schuyler, NE; and RaeAnn (Jared) Knoell, Omaha, NE, and four grandchildren, Mason and Reese Knoell and Brinley and Brian Burton; nephews; Kevin and Ken Halley and niece, Kristi Wever.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Rowena Burton and his sister, Iona Daniels.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Curtis.

Services will be Monday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Maywood Christian Church with Pastor Dale Heimer officiating and music provided by Jan Deatrich.  Pall bearers are Dewey Teel, Paul Teel, Tim Teel, Lee Snyder, Kevin Halley and Ken Halley.

Burial will be in the Maywood Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Maywood Christian Church or the Maywood Community Hall.

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