CW5 Richard "Bob" R Burroughs was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 12/24/2010 at the age of 66.4
Huntsville, AL
Flight Class 67-20
Date of Birth 08/11/1944
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 71 AHC in 67-68, 17 CAG in 70-71
Call sign in Vietnam FIREBIRD 96
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More detail on this person: Richard Robert Burroughs

Aug. 11, 1944 - Dec. 24, 2010

"Bob" Burroughs, 66, peacefully passed away Christmas Eve surrounded by his loved ones in his Huntsville home.

Mr. Burroughs proudly served in the Military for 32 years as a helicopter pilot. During his Army tenure, Bob was involved in two tours in Vietnam, the Gulf war, and numerous combat operations with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment of which he was a plank holder. Bob retired as a CW5 with numerous medals and accolades to include the Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Stars, and 30 Air Medals.

Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Bob and his wife Karen settled in Huntsville after retiring from military service at Fort Campbell, Ky in 1997.

In retirement, Bob was an avid golfer and grandpa. He loved nothing more than spending time with family and close friends, especially when he was in charge of the grill!

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Burroughs, his father, James Burroughs, and his oldest brother, Jimmy Kay Burroughs.

Bob is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Stewart Burroughs of Huntsville; a brother, George T. "Tommy" Burroughs of Houston; sister-in-law, Linda Lopez of California; his son, Richard P. Burroughs of Florida; daughters, Stephanie Raby of Washington, and Alicia Kelly of Tennessee; father and mother-in-law, Morton and Bonita Stewart of Huntsville, and six adoring grandchildren; Cameron, Blake and Johnna Raby, and Madelyn, Luke and Miles Kelly.

While Bob's military career was highly decorated and his selfless service to country commendable, those who loved him and knew him best will most remember his sense of humor, his playful spirit, his abundant generosity, his sensitive soul, and most importantly, his caring and loving nature.

Devoted son, brother, soldier, husband, father, grandfather and friend, Richard Robert Burroughs will be truly missed.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Berryhill Funeral Home and at Crosspointe Church 719 Hughes Road in Madison from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday.

Officiated by John Dees and assisted by Berryhill, Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Crosspointe Church. Burial will immediately follow at Huntsville Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Family Hospice Care at 3304 West Mill Drive, Huntsville, AL or www.hospicefamilycare.org in memory of Bob.

Published in The Huntsville Times on December 28, 2010

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