Edwin Hood Ferris
West Point, 1935
Be Thou At Peace
Posted by dan ferris on February 28, 2012:
Colonel Edwin H. Ferris
Colonel Edwin H. Ferris, U.S. Army (Ret.) entered into eternal rest on February 23, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Washington, D.C. April 19, 1912 to Fergus Patrick Ferris and Maude Billman Ferris.
He was a 1935 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
His beloved wife of 73 years, Marie McCoy Ferris predeceased him in 2009.
After graduating from the Military Academy, he served in a variety of assignments in the U.S., including Hawaii, until WW ll. During the war, he commanded the 48th Tank Battalion as it liberated regions of Alsace-Lorraine, France. Citizens of that area have repeatedly expressed their appreciation for his leadership in that effort. During the battle for the town of Barr, France he was severely wounded in both legs. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. After the war he continued his Army career until disability from his wounds caused his early retirement in 1949. He then served with the CIA, with assignments in Washington, D.C. and Athens, Greece. Upon his final retirement, the couple resided in Rockville, MD and San Antonio.
Ed and Marie Ferris had the unique ability to meet and keep friends. This was a trait they shared for all their years together. They loved their family and enjoyed traveling to be with family and friends worldwide.
Colonel Ferris is survived by his four sons, Michael, Patrick and wife Sylvia, Daniel and wife Pati, Timothy and wife Susan, 13 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3907 Harry Wurzbach Rd, on Thursday, March 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., with Funeral Mass to follow at 7:00 p.m. Graveside services will take place at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made, in the name of Colonel Ferris, to the San Antonio Warrior and Family Support Center, 3138 Rawley E. Chambers, San Antonio, 78219, (210) 916-8367.
Memorial remembrances may be left at: www.sunsetfuneralhomesa.com.
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