Five Generations of Caring Service To Families Of All Walks of Life, Religions and Financial Circumstances
The 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.
Dear Karen, I am so sorry this is late coming but I wanted to express to you how kind you were to my daughter on the loss of her baby. You are such a warm and caring person.
Dear Mark –
Our family wants to thank you and the Burton staff for the wonderful celebration of life you made possible for us. I want to personally thank you for your help and guidance through his process.
Generations of our family have been at Burton’s and we have always been pleased.
January 10, 2019
Thank you so much for the lovely remembrance ornament! Our family will cherish it!
January 10, 2019
Thank you for the beautiful snowflake ornament with my husband’s name on it that you sent to me. It is another example of how Burton’s is top notch in caring for the families of deceased individuals.
Bill at your West Lake Branch was extraordinary in meeting the needs and wants of my family. Everything was done to perfection and though it was the most devastating time in my life, I was very happy with the way everything was done.
My husband chose Burton Westlake when we were there for calling hours for a friend. As far as I am concerned, Jim made an excellent choice that day. Thanks for everything!
January 6, 2019
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
Mark and the entire Burton Family,
I just want to say thank you so much for all you have done. You have helped my family get through a very tough time in our lives and for that we are grateful.
July 23, 2018
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.
Dear Burton family –
We can’t thank everyone enough for making a very difficult time bearable. Everything was absolutely perfect! My dad would be proud and being part of the Ericson/Burton family made me so proud. Everyone kept saying thank God you work for the Burton’s! They really made us feel at ease and truly cared for dad and our whole family. Love and hugs.
Thanks for making a tough time easier.
I couldn't have asked for a more dedicated, caring person to assist in our time of sorrow. I need to thank you for everything, honestly without you and your kind heart I'm not sure that it would have been possible, so THANK YOU!
March 21, 2018