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Labor Day is about work ethics. Or it should be. In the current economy not all Americans can claim a paid job, but most Americans still do something. It's often work, and a choice is made in regard to whether to work well.

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Billy Lewis "Burnsie' Burns

Billy Lewis ‘Burnsie’ Burns, 92, died Jan. 11, 2014, in Ketchikan.

He was born July 10, 1921, in Portland, Ore., where he resided until age 12 when he moved to Ketchikan.

He attended school in Ketchikan before serving in the U.S. Army in his late teens. He served on tugboats in the Aleutian Islands in World War II. He was a member of the Army National Guard.

Mr. Burns was employed as a surveyor for the City of Ketchikan, and was the superintendent of Public Works when he retired.

He enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, taking his dogs on walks around Ward Lake, and visiting with his buddies who also frequented Ward lake.

“His last years were spent with his troublesome dog, Lewis,” his family writes.

Mr. Burns was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Rilla Burns; sisters, Aileen Jones and Carol Lewis; brother, Bob Burns; step-daughter, Barbara Bussanich; son-in-law, Rick Zaugg; daughter-in-law, Vicky Burns; and great-grandson, Isaac Burns.

He is survived by his children, Laurel (Bill) Taylor of Wailuku, Hawaii, Billy Burns Jr. of Palm Springs, Calif.; and Janet (John) Engle, Tim Burns, Robyn Burns, Jill Zaugg and Tom Thomas, all of Ketchikan; brother, Ronald Burns of Oregon; 21 grandchildren and more than 20 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Burns’ remains will be cremated.

The family plans to have an informal gathering at Ward Lake in July, with details at a later date.