Master Sgt. Ellsworth Eugene Burns, U.S. Army (Ret.), 84, of Pennsville, N.J., formerly of Palmerton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, in his home after a brief illness.
Born in Phillipsburg, N.J., he was a son of the late Robert Elmer Burns and Minnie Maude (Young) Burns.
He enlisted in the Army in February, 1946, and was stationed in Belgium, where he met his beloved wife, Jenny (Maes) Burns. They married on Jan. 20, 1949.
During his 27 years in the Army, he was stationed in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Georgia, California, New Jersey and Texas, with his wife by his side. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Burns was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Good Commendation Medal Two Knot Device, World War II Occupation Army Medal, Air Medal, and the Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
He retired from the Army in August, 1972. Upon retirement, he worked for the former New Jersey Zinc Company, Palmerton. He left the zinc company to work as a Veterans' Service Coordinator for the State of Pennsylvania, where he helped former veterans find permanent jobs.
The deceased was a hardworking man who took great pride in his wife and sons. He enjoyed talking about his years in the Army, especially the years in Europe. Although he was a career Army man, he always rooted for Navy during the annual Army/Navy football game.
He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Jenny, who passed away in April, 2011.
Surviving are two sons, Robert, and his wife, Donna, of Palm Bay, Fla., and Blaine, and his wife, Cheryl, of Pennsville; a granddaughter Jill, wife of Joe Dougherty of Allentown; three stepgrandsons, Steven Kresge of Franklin Township, Greg Kresge of Douglasville and Tommy Kresge of Nazareth. He is also survived numerous extended family members in Pennsylvania and New England, and through his deceased wife, extended family members in Belgium and Canada.
Service: Funeral service will be held at a future date in the Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. Contributions in his name may be made to the Labrador Retriever Rescue at http:/www.lrr.org/. Arrangements by Laughrey Funeral Home, 1 N. Broadway, Pennsville.