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

The service was beautiful and it was a fitting end for my husband and his service of 21 years 8 months to our country.

July 27, 2018

The Veteran Stockings were appreciated by our Veteran Residents! Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
- Local Nursing Home
January 11, 2019

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

“Mark O. was very respectful, compassionate and efficient. He did a great job not only for the viewing but also for the burial of my mother.” - Charlene

“Everything was perfect – Thanks! – Laurel

October 26, 2019

Dear Mark,
I appreciate all of your efforts to make my husband funeral arrangements and funeral services ran smoothly.
September 22, 2018

Dear Kate –
I just wanted to thank you for everything you did to make our family comfortable from our first meeting all the way through the funeral service.
My mother would have been very happy!
While any death is difficult, an unexpected death is especially hard because there are no good-byes.
It was also a comfort to me that I knew you Kate! You are truly remarkable!

9/22/2020

Mr. Bridger,
Just a note to say thank you for your caring and compassion at the passing of my husband.
You truly made a difficult time a little easier.

July 22, 2018

Dear Peter –
My family and I want to thank you for making such a difficult time during our loved one’s death as easy as possible for us.
We appreciated all your ideas and your choices from the clergy to the guitarist. Your entire funeral home staff was so pleasant and helpful.
All the people who attended the services told us how wonderful it was.
Thank you for everything you did for our family.
Sincerely – Carol

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

We want to express our sincere gratitude for the support that all of you provided to our family. We felt that your courtesy and professionalism helped all of us get through the difficult times. God Bless!

December 20, 2017

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