Barry McBurney, 84

Date Published: 
January 5, 2018

Barry McBurney, 84, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, at his home. He was born in 1933 in Newark, N.J., and spent his early years in South Orange/Maplewood, N.J.

After graduating in 1951from Columbia High School, where he was active on the track-and-field team, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. In addition to combat ribbons, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. After three years of service in the Marines, McBurney enrolled in Fairleigh Dickinson University, graduating in 1962.

McBurney married Jean Goeddert after his service years and brought up their four children while living in New Jersey, Maryland and Indiana. He was active in the Lutheran Church as a Sunday-school teacher, member of the church council and president of the League of Young Adult Lutherans.

While working in New Jersey, he was an advisor in Junior Achievement of Union County. McBurney, and his family lived in Hillside, N.J., for 30 years. As his children were growing, he was their Little League manager, Pop Warner coach and Cub Scout master. His early years as a Boy Scout with 11 merit badges helped prepare him for his service life, as well as leading his children in civic activities.

McBurney married Janet Marinos in 1990, and they moved from Hillside to Millsboro, Del., shortly after his retirement in 1999. He was a professional materials manager for several companies in the Mid-Atlantic states. He was a member of the Association for Operations Management, serving as vice-president and district manager of the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.

In retirement, he was an active boating enthusiast and enjoyed cruising on the Indian River Bay during the summer. He was a member of BoatUS, American Legion Post #28 and AARP.

McBurney had four children from his early marriage and enjoyed his visits to Bill and his two children, James and Samantha, Barry and his two sons, Matthew and Sean, Eileen and her two children, Amanda and Mark, all living in New Jersey, and Kathy in Miami, as well as two stepsons, Dean Marinos and his wife, Sheila, and Tom Marinos and his wife, Laurie; and Dean’s daughter, Madison.

A visitation was scheduled for Jan. 4, 2018, at the Long Neck Chapel of Melson Funeral Services, Millsboro, Del. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, Del. Condolences may be sent online at