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John Edward Burns Jr., of Indianapolis, died peacefully, Feb. 28, 2015.. He was born March 18, 1918, in Wethersfield, Connecticut, to John Edward Burns and Leontine (McCormick) Burns. He attended Shortridge High School in Indianapolis and graduated from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, class of 1940.. During his years at Wesleyan he was a member of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He married his college sweetheart, Martha Welles Morgan, on July 3, 1943.. Ed joined the US Air Force, becoming a captain, and was stationed much of the time at Wright Patterson AF base in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked on the development of high altitude flight suits.. After the war, he joined his father in Indianapolis as president of Crescent Oil Company and Burns Laboratories. He was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, serving on the junior and senior vestries. He was a member of the Woodstock Club, the Scottish Society and the IMA Horticultural Society.. Ed will be lovingly remembered by his children: Sarah Torgeson, Martha O’Driscoll (Cyril), John Edward Burns III, and Barbara Munson; grandchildren, Margaret Spindlow (Sam), John O’Driscoll, Lillian Munson, Nels Munson, and Jennifer Burns; and great-grandson, Rory Spindlow.. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3243 N. Meridian St.. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church or Riley Hospital for Children.. Condolences may be left online at www.flannerbuchanan.com.
Published on  March 9, 2015
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