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

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

Karen and Peter
Your compassion and ability to guide us with mother’s funeral was a blessing.
A big thank you to you and your team!

July 28, 2018

Peter –
Thank you so much for helping us navigate mom’s celebration of life. Your presence was greatly appreciated. Truly a professional, compassionate experience.

January 10, 2019

Everyone we came in contact went above and beyond the call of duty. Kind, compassionate, understanding, there are not enough adjectives to describe how we were treated.
Thanks to all!
March 21, 2018

Dear Staff of Burton Funeral Home,
Thank you for the gift of the ornament – it will be hung on the one of the family’s Christmas trees every year!
January 6, 2019

Melissa Hart was very helpful.

July 29, 2018

Dear Bill and Staff
Thank you for your guidance in planning the funeral for my mother.
Everything was done with care and respect.
The service in your chapel and the Mass at St. Julia were very comforting to our family.

July 20, 2018


Dear Mark –
I want to thank you especially and also Patty and Terry. You were my rock during the most devastating time of my life. Every day I miss mom and dad so much. I still think it is Dad calling when the phone rings.
Took a beautiful wreath to the cemetery and saw the headstone for the first time. I cried. Now they are together forever. Again thank you so much.
January 6, 2019


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

“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

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