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

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 Bill -
Thank you to the entire Burton Team for honoring our loved one with beauty, dignity and grace. Our family is universally grateful for your kindness and care. We are blessed to know you.
January 10, 2019

Dear Karen, you were very gracious and helpful caring for my family. Things went very smoothly.
Thank you for all your guidance and care.

July 26, 2018

Not many people today are appreciated for the jobs they do. It has taken me this long but wanted to let you all know I appreciate you taking care of my dog and spelling his names correctly.
He was truly a service animal but will never get the full recognition he deserved for it.
Thank you for all you do.
March 22, 2018

Mark and Karen
First of all your team did an awesome job in setting up the services for my mom.
Thank you Karen for coming in on your day off to help us with the arrangements. We appreciate you Mark for the use of your trailer to move mom’s furniture. Many thanks to both of you.

July 8, 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

Dear Bill, Patty and all at Burton Westlake,
Thank you for making it easy during the loss of my mom. The pre-planning we did really paid off. Everything was beautiful and very well done. I would recommend Burton Funeral services any time.

July 22, 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

Dear Karen,
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

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

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