Edward C. Burns
Edward C. Burns, 65, of Monroe, died comfortably in his home at 11 p.m. Monday, with his wife at his side, after a three-year battle with cancer. Born September 16, 1951 in Milford, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Edward and Blanche Edith (Earl) Burns. He married Cynthia M. Dyson and later married Karen (Riehle) Barron on June 25, 2002 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Proud to be a U.S. Marine, Ed served his country during the Vietnam Conflict from October 2, 1969, to June 28, 1971, obtaining the rank of Corporal. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Expert Badge, Overseas Service Medal, Expeditionary Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Ed was employed by the Monroe County Sheriff's Department from 1972 until retiring as a Sergeant in 2002. He later worked for Lake Erie Transit from 2006 to 2012. Ed was a life member of VFW Post 1138 and active member of its Honor Detail/Ritual Team. Also, he was a member of the Marine Corps League, Carl F. Payson American Legion Post 60, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Englewood, Florida. A fan of the Detroit Tigers, he was also an avid fan of University of Michigan football and basketball. His hobbies included photography, golfing, and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Surviving Ed are his wife, Karen; son, Scott (Jessica) Burns of Monroe; daughter, Dory (Ryan) Philbeck of Monroe; two stepsons, Jonathan (Cheree) Barron of Monroe and Paul (Lauren) Barron of Venice, Florida; step-daughter, Michelle (Phillip) Ashcraft of Denver, Colorado; two brothers, Brian Burns of Monroe and Timothy (Annette) Burns of Ottawa Lake; four sisters, Regina (Joe) Lombardo of Harrison Twp., Colleen (Mark) Riegler of West Bloomfield, Sharon (Daniel) Perry of Newport, and Donna (Dean) Taylor of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nine grandchildren; and mother-in-law, Helen Ivadel Riehle of Monroe. In addition to his parents, Ed was also preceded in death by a brother, Randall Burns, and father-in-law, Clarence Riehle. Ed will be cremated and laid to rest at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. His family will receive visitors from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Rupp Funeral Home where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Rev. Roy Southerland, pastor of Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, will officiate. Military honors will be provided by VFW Post 1138. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial donations be made to VFW Post 1138, Monroe. Online condolences to the family can be sent through www.ruppfuneralhomeinc.com.
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