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

Peter, Karen and Bill –
Thank you so much for everything you and your staff did for my family. Lisa and the Care Center team did an amazing job. You truly provide an amazing service at a difficult time.

January 10, 2019

Your thoughtful gifts for Veterans during the Christmas Season is so sincerely appreciated. What a wonderful surprise.

January 5, 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

Karen,
Over the past year, you have been a tremendous help to me as I tried to move the through two very sudden and grief filled situations and deaths. My sister’s funeral went very well. She is home and laid to rest next to our parents. It was a very small, quiet service that let us bury her in a manner that let us grieve and honor her. Your help in coordinating two out of town funerals was immensely appreciated. I could not have done it without your expert help.
Your quiet understanding and very capable nature made these difficult situations more bearable.
Enjoy the summer!
Thank you for the beautiful card and words on the anniversary of Dad’s passing.

July 24, 2018

My Family and I want to thank you and your staff, for being so caring. During our time of hurt. It will never be forgotten. We appreciated you coming out on a cold night to deliver my granddaughter’s bead for her necklace. She thanks you too.
December, 2017

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

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

Peter, Karen and Staff -
I wanted to thank you for all your help, kindness and compassion shown to our family this weekend. You guys are true pros. Thanks again for your simply outstanding service.

January 10, 2019


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.
March 20, 2018

Thank you for your kind consideration and high degree of professionalism. You made a difficult situation as easy as possible.
March 23, 2018

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