Twenty-nine years ago, Russell Carl Burrows (Carl to all who knew him), our (always smiling) stepdad, was given two years to live. His motto has always been “EVERY DAY IS A GIFT.” He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, and (we believe) blissfully reunited with his bride and true love, his wife Cecelia Anne Durko Burrows, in Heaven. He was 78 years old. Born in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania on April 13, 1944, Carl attended Bloomsburg High School and then went on to Penn State University.
He remained an avid Penn State Football fan throughout his life. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for most of his career, retiring as Postmaster from Shippensburg, Pennsylvania.
Carl brought joy to every person he ever met and taught us all that laughter is truly the best medicine. He encouraged others to navigate life with a kind heart, a smile and sense of humor.
Carl was a gifted writer, leaving with us a collection of wonderful fiction available on Amazon. Published under the name R.C. Burrows, titles include: “Seeds of the Past,” “Déja vu,” “Holly’s Journey,” “Miss Billionaire,” “the Billionairess,” “Coffee to Go,” “Dry Flowers” and “Natural Causes.”
Carl joins in Heaven his loving wife of 41 years, Cecelia Anne Durko Burrows; his brother, James Burrows; his parents, Russell “Rucky” and Frances Elizabeth “Betty” Hill Burrows; and brother-in-law, James Durko.
He is cherished on earth by his daughters and their families, Melanie Burrows Tylenda, her husband, Todd, and their children, TJ, Lexi, Anthony and Lola, Erin McCormick Morton, her husband, Peck and their children, Celia and Alex, Heather McCormick Lane, her husband, James, and their children, Katherine and Ellie; his sister-in-law, Velma Burrows; niece, Jan Burrows Fox and her family; nephew, Brian Burrows and his family; his sister-in-law, Susan Hemphill Durko; and niece, Beth Durko Wendt and her family.