Richard G. Burns, 85, of Port Orchard, Wash., died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Garden Terrace of Federal Way.
Born March 6, 1928, in Crooksville, Ohio, to William and Viola Burns, he graduated in 1946 from Steubenville High School. In 1948 he joined the Navy. While stationed in Pearl Harbor, he met his future bride of 50 years, Nancy, whom he married Sept. 29, 1956, in Chipman, Alberta.
After the Navy, the family lived in San Diego, Calif., Tulsa, Okla., Cincinnati, and Valley Forge, Pa., before living a dozen years in Milan, where he worked for NASA. In 1974, he transferred to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Wash., and moved the family to Port Orchard. He retired in 1993.
He enjoyed golfing, fishing, reading and traveling. He was active in the Presbyterian church, scouts, and DeMolay as an advisor, and was past master of Erie Lodge 239 in Milan.
He is survived by his daughter, Glenda (Stephen) Burns; son, Christopher (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Alexandra (Ryan) Buckingham, Erika and Robert; great-grandchildren, Angelica, Aleisha, and Athena; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, James Arthur; and his wife.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Rills Life Tribute Center, Port Orchard.
Memorials may be shared at rill.com.