Robert W. Burrows

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Robert Wesley Burrows of Mission, Kansas passed away on February 10, 2021 at the age of 74 with his devoted wife, Lynette, at his side. 
 
Bob was born on May 24, 1946 to the late Robert and Mary Burrows in Fort Smith, Arkansas. His younger brother, James, also predeceased him.
 
After he graduated from Neosho High School, he pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture.
 
Bob served as a civilian observer and special weapons instructor attached to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Studies and Observation Group (MACV SOG) 5th Special Forces, Da Nang Bay and Forward Operations Base (FOB) Fu Bai, Montagnards Civilian Irregular Defense Group Battalion from 1968-1971.
 
Art, design, and illustration were his calling. A self-employed ad agency creative consultant for more than 50 years, Bob acted as designer, illustrator, visualizer, and creative director for brands such as Blockbuster, DeBeers, Hallmark, Kodak, Porsche, and Rolex.
 
A self-described adrenaline junky, he loved sports car racing and won the Sports Car Club of America’s Midwest Division Championship in 1990.
 
He married Lynette in Kansas City, Missouri in 1994.
 
Bob’s online businesses (rbgungraphics and MACParts) sold graphic illustrations, mugs, and t-shirts. As an Ingram SubMachine Gun Armorer and an American Gunsmithing Association Gunsmith he provided parts, service, and service manuals for online and in person customers. 
 
He was Lynette’s number one fan and supporter. And she was his.
 
Impassioned about the people and activities he loved, Bob will be sorely missed by friends and family. He is survived by his spouse, Lynette, his stepson, Robert Meserole, and six grandchildren. 

Memorial Contributions

 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Vietnam Veterans of America. https://vva.org/donate/

3 Comments

  1. Paul Bandy on March 14, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    Bobby,

    I just now saw this notice of your passing. You were such a part of my growing up in Neosho, MO. We were in intermediate and high schools together. Your dad was a deacon in the church were my dad was pastor, so we spent a lot of time together. I was in awe of your amazing artist talent from early on in our friendship. Your sweet mother was also artistic and contributed a lot to youth programs, many instances I remember to this day of some of the activities she was so good at thinking up.

    One of the things which stands out in my memory is that you were a really great drum major in the high school band. You really strutted your way leading the marching band. As I remember, you got to strut your stiff one year at the Indy 500.

    Rest in peace. My life and the world were better for having you in it.

    Paul Bandy
    Pasadena, CA

  2. Tom "T.Carl" Dailey on May 19, 2021 at 11:22 am

    Bobby,
    I recently reached out to Steve M. (“Dinto”) and he told me of your passing. Your talent was amazing, and I recall “car parties” at your place, around 1974, back when I drove a Sonett. You never mentioned you were a fellow Nam ‘vet. Just recently, I arranged to give “Binary Butterfly” (one of yours) to Rose’s daughter Victoria, before I heard about your journey.
    Rest well, Brother – Xin Loi.

    • Bret Bellizio on October 26, 2021 at 6:32 pm

      Bob,
      Thanks for everything you taught me at the track, RIP, you will be missed.

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