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 taking good care of my husband.
April 5, 2018

Dear Burton’s
Thank You! I really cannot put into words…you were great!

January 10, 2019

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

I was hoping as time passed, I would find the right words to give you an appropriate thank you, but the only thing time has done is reinforce that it is okay that I cannot find an adequate way to verbalize my gratitude. Thank you so much for everything you and your staff have done to aide us at this time.
March 22, 2018

The service could not have been better.
It was an honor to him and to me. The memorial stone was beautiful.
Thank you all.

July 23, 2018

I am very pleased and amazed with everything. I recommend to anyone to purchase any of the great quality Headstones your company has.
I think Mr. Tony J. Montefiori – very professional

July 29, 2018

We would like to thank Burton Funeral Home for its generous donation of holiday stockings for our residents. The veterans enjoyed the various treats, puzzle books, socks, and lottery tickets, as well as other various items. Thank you for recognizing our veterans and their service to our country during the holiday season.
April 3, 2018

“I didn’t notice nor did I hear a comment about improvement possibilities. Above and beyond in considerate, care, and service. My brother would have been proud.” – Jodi
October 26, 2019

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

Thanks to all of you for making the most difficult time in our lives a bit easier.
The home looked beautiful. The newspaper article and picture video was just a great honor to our memories and to our loved one’s Life. The Service was what we wanted to share, thanks for making it happen.
With sincere appreciation.

July 10, 2018

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