Robert E. Burton Jr., 75, Army master sergeant

March 15, 2003

Robert E. Burton Jr., 75, Army master sergeant

Robert E. Burton Jr., a retired Army master sergeant and state veterans official, died of a heart attack March 8 at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. The Village of Cross Keys resident was 75.

Born in Norfolk, Va., Mr. Burton was a 1945 graduate of Peabody High School in Petersburg, Va.

He served for 22 years in the Army and attained the rank of master sergeant. He then joined the Maryland Veterans Commission in Baltimore and also was a city Department of Housing and Community Development aide in downtown Baltimore. He retired about 15 years ago.

Mr. Burton's record of service was recognized in 1989 with a citation from then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer. In 1970, he received an award of merit for his municipal service from then-Mayor Thomas J. D'Alesandro III.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. March 24 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr. Burton is survived by a son, Rom Burton of Newcastle, Del.; two daughters, Sherri Freeman of Middletown, Del., and Karen Burton of Wilmington, Del.; two sisters, Virginia Allen and Martha Morgan, both of Baltimore; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His marriage to the former Sarah Mangrum ended in divorce.

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