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

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

“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

Karen,
To everyone at Burton, please know how much we ALL appreciate everything you and the whole staff did for us. We are very grateful.
October 5, 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

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

The staff at Burton Funeral Home from the receptionist to the Director was excellent. They explained everything, made sure everything was taken care of and were compassionate. Thank you.
March 18, 2018

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


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

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

Best wishes to you and the rest at Burton's. Just wanted to express our sincerest thanks again for all you did. God Bless you all.
April 3, 2018

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