Paul Patrick Burns
Major General, United States Army
Major General, US Army Retired
Born: March 17, 1933
Place of Birth: Alliance, Ohio
Death: September 29, 2008
Place of Death: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Paul Patrick Burns, 75, of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, passed away Monday, September 29, 2008 at his home after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army in 1954. He held company grade assignments in the Transportation Corps, Infantry and Finance Corps. His field of expertise and key assignments came in the area of accounting, comptrollership, and management of information and automation systems.
His educational growth included an MBA from Indiana University, a tour of duty at the Army's Command & General Staff College, and a year at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1978 and assumed the Deputy Commanding General position at the United States Army Finance and Accounting Command. In January of 1981 he became Commanding General at USAFAC and Assistant Comptroller of the Army for Finance & Accounting. He held those assignments until his retirement in October 1985.
He came to Delaware in 1994 and moved into his Kings Creek residence in 1996.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann, and two daughters, Maryellen Rosenblit and husband Robert of Ocean City, Maryland, Colleen Wilgus and husband David of Bethany Beach; two sons, Kevin Burns and wife Lauri of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Brian Burns and wife Andrea of Pinehurst, North Carolina; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by a son William in 1991.
He was a devout Catholic and belonged to St. Edmond's Parish in Rehoboth Beach. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 AM Friday, October 3 at St. Edmond's Church, King Charles and Laurel Streets, Rehoboth Beach.
Interment with full military honors will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Paul's memory be made to Delaware Hospice Center, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, Delaware 19963 or the Alzheimer's Association, 109 N. Bedford St., Georgetown, Delaware 19947.
Photo By John Michael, 2009
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Posted: 4 January 2009 Updated: 14 December 2009