History & Staff

We have years of experience caring for families, from all walks of life. Each family comes to us because they know we are leaders in our profession, dedicated to excellence in service, and have the highest integrity.

Our History

Burns Funeral Homes are a family owned and operated funeral business that has served area families since 1967, providing over 45 years of service to all faiths. We offer affordable, flexible funeral and cremation arrangements that are customized to your needs and wishes. We also offer pre-need services.

The Robert V. Burns Funeral Home is the largest funeral home in area, with ample off street parking, handicap-accessible entrances and a central location in downtown Clarion. We are very easy to locate. Our facility consists of three family rooms, a spacious viewing and service chapel, a refreshments area, a casket selection area and offices for arrangement consultations.

A Family Tradition

In 1967, Robert V. Burns purchased the office building at 638 Wood Street in Clarion, Pennsylvania and founded the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home. Today, Bob still frequents the Burns Funeral Home and his son, Rollie carries on the day-to-day operations.

Our Valued Staff

  • Rollie  Burns

    Rollie Burns, Funeral Director

    Rollie is a life-long resident of Clarion. He attended the Immaculate Conception Grade School, Clarion Area and Clarion-Limestone High Schools and Clarion University. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1994. He then joined the funeral home and became partner with his father. In 1997, he succeeded his father’s business after his father’s retirement. Rollie is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Knight’s of Columbus, Clarion Fire and Hose Co. 1, Masonic Lodge 277, Clarion County Shrine Club, the Eagles Club, the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 101, Clarion Lion’s Club, and the Clarion VFW. Rollie served as the Clarion County Coroner for eight years. He is also the owner of the R.V. Burns Crematorium, Inc. He resides in Clarion with his wife, Tammy, and three daughters, Amanda, Alissa, and Anna.

  • Bob Burns

    Bob Burns, Funeral Director

    Bob was born and raised in Clarion. He attended the Immaculate Conception Grade School, Clarion Area High School, and Clarion University. He graduated from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 1961. In 1967, he purchased the building that formerly was the medical office of Dr. WA Ketner and founded the Robert V. Burns Funeral Home. Bob semiretired in 1997 and relocated to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Bob is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church and Moose Lodge 101. He also served as the Clarion County Coroner for 20 years. He resides in Myrtle Beach and works part-time for McMillan-Small Funeral Home.

  • Alissa  Burns

    Alissa Burns

    Alissa is from Clarion. She is currently attending Clarion Limestone High School. Upon high school graduation, Alissa plans to attend Clarion University of Pennsylvania and the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. She plans to be a third generation funeral director. She resides in Clarion.