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.
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
Thank you for the lovely card and note remembering our brother’s death. It was so thoughtful of you.
It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed. I think of him so often and keep him close that way. Our thanks again too for the very professional and kind and caring way that Burton’s took care of everything for us after my brother’s death.
July 12, 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
Just a short written note to say thank you gain for all you did to make my sister’s service a comforting reality. She would have been pleased with the entire service. You were empathetic, warm, and professionally throughout and it was very much appreciated.
January 5, 2019
Melissa Hart was very helpful.
July 29, 2018
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
Karen, Mark, Peter and Staff
Thank you so much! I can’t tell you how helpful you all have been. You all have helped me so much through this terrible time in my life. You have all gone above and beyond and I appreciate it all so much! Thank you!
July 3, 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
“Bill helped pre-arrange and ultimately conduct the funeral. His patience, thoughtfulness – did I say a lot of patience? I got exactly the sendoff I wanted for my mom. Bill made it an extremely easy wonderful experience!” - Karen
October 26, 2019
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.