Retired Marine Corps Col. William R. Burgoyne Jr., 60, a decorated combat veteran of World War II, died at his home in Falls Church Monday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
He served in the Pacific during World War II and earned the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart at Guam.
Col. Burgoyne commanded a service depot on Guam after the war, was a student and staff member of the Naval War College during the 1950s, and commanded the 2nd Marine Regiment from 1966 to 1967.
After his retirement from active duty in September 1967, he worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency for two years, then served as planning director of the National Credit Union Administration until retiring a second time in 1978.
Col. Burgoyne was born in Philadelphia and graduated from LaSalle College there.
Following his 26-year Marine career, he moved to Falls Church, where he had lived since 1968.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Ann, of the home; a daughter, Martha Ann Middlebrooks, of Hawaii; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Burgoyne and Margaret Helen Hennessey, both of Pennsylvania, and three grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of America in Sherman Oaks, Calif.