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Obituary: Ernest (Ernie) J. Colton

— Ernest (Ernie) J. Colton, 96, of Springfield, died on Oct. 25, 2012 at Greensprings Retirement Community’s Renaissance Gardens. He was the husband of Ruth Litten Colton who preceded him in death along with his parents, brother and other aunts and uncles. Survivors include his son David Martin Colton, daughter-in-law Cheryl Anne and granddaughter Alexis FuBao from Alexandria, and daughter Esther Joanna Colton from Berlin, Germany.

Ernie came to the United States in the late 1930s from Germany and joined the U.S. Army. A World War II Veteran, Ernie served in Germany and the United States. Ernie served in the U.S. Information Agency as a Foreign Service officer with assignments in Bremen, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna, Cape Town, Berlin and Freiburg.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m. at Temple Beth El, 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria. Interment will be at Home of Peace Cemetery, Alexandria.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ernest J. Colton to: the United States Holocaust Museum (http://act.ushmm.org/page/s/tribute-card) Arrangements are handled by Jefferson Funeral Home.