Burton History

Five Generations of Caring Service To Families Of All Walks of Life, Religions and Financial Circumstances

history1The story of Burton Funeral Homes began in 1811 when David Burton arrived in Erie to help build ships for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet, which won the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.

A.P. Burton, one of David Burton’s ten children, founded the first Burton Funeral Home in 1876 — the same year Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone.

Harry and Ramsay Burton, following in their father's profession, instituted many changes as the city grew. It was during this period that the funeral home was relocated to 352 West Eighth Street where it was well known for many years.

Donald C. Burton, the third generation, planned, developed, and instituted many meaningful changes that modernized funeral service and set new patterns for the future. His desire for high ideals and developed services established sound policies that still guide our firm today.

The fourth generation in the family business was G. David Burton who served as president for nearly 40 years. During that time, he increased the number of Burton Funeral Homes to four locations in order to better serve all of Erie County.

The long-standing Burton tradition of high-quality, caring service is now represented by the fifth generation — Peter J. Burton, F.D. and Karen Burton Horstman.

From generation to generation, Burton Funeral Homes has served families from all walks of life, religions, and financial circumstances with the highest level of professionalism and heartfelt compassion.

 

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Testimonials

Thank you for your care and kindness coping with the passing of our mother. If we had questions or concerns, you were considerate at all times. – Agnes
9/22/2020

We as a family were very pleased with everything. We did not feel rushed and staff took all the time we need with us.
March 19, 2018


Burton Funeral Homes,
Veteran’s stockings were appreciated by our Veteran Residents!
Local Nursing Home

January 4, 2019

Thank you for your kind consideration and high degree of professionalism. You made a difficult situation as easy as possible.
March 23, 2018

A special thanks for helping us make our mother's funeral so personnel. You are greatly appreciated.
April 3, 2018

Mark –
I don’t know if I properly thanked you for everything you did for us. Last year was so much of a fog. But I wanted you to know how much we appreciated all that you did.

January 5, 2019

Dear Karen,
I want to personally thank you all for your help with my mothers funeral.

Thanks to your diligent effort, the white bird release at the cemetery was very touching.


I also cannot begin to tell you how many people commented on what a nice newspaper writeup you did for moms obituary. I, along with my family appreciate your and everyone's endeavor to help us get through this difficult period.

August 13, 2018

To everyone at Burton’s:
We would like to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. Firstly, for the care of our son. Secondly for the kindness, compassion and patience of the personnel throughout the entire funeral. Thank you also for the Memorial Service.

January 4, 2019

Karen – Thanks so much for everything you have done throughout the process of helping us with the accommodations for our loved one. It was a pleasure working with you and Burton Funeral homes.
9/22/2020

I wanted to thank you for offering and then sending ornaments in memory of my parents. It was a source of comfort in this first Christmas without them.

Thank you again.
April 3, 2018

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