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Stars and Stripes Founder Dead at 83

July 23, 1989

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) _ Retired Brig. Gen. Ensley M. Llewellyn, founder of the military newspaper Stars and Stripes and a member of Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s staff during World War II, has died at age 83.

Llewellyn died Wednesday, said Warren Riches, funeral director of Dryer Mortuary. Riches said Saturday he did not know the cause of death.

At Eisenhower’s request, Lewellyn established the Stars and Stripes for U.S. forces in Europe and the Pacific and built it into a worldwide chain of 16 dailies with a circulation of 2 million.

He retired in 1951 after 30 years in the Army and returned to Tacoma, where he became owner of Llewellyn Advertising Agency and managed local and state political campaigns.

He also served as state adjutant general in charge of the National Guard, as state civil defense director, and was a representative to the White House Conference on Aging in 1980.

Survivors include his second wife, Vera, two sons, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were scheduled Tuesday at University Place Presbyterian Community Church.

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