James L. Burton
March 29, 1951 –
February 23, 2022
James. L. Burton, 70, died peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. He was born March 29, 1951, in Columbus, Ohio, the son of George A. Burton, Sr. and Leona Loudermilk Burton. He graduated from Fairbanks High School and enlisted in the United States Army. He served his community and his country with selflessness and honor. He attended Franklin University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was employed by the former United Telephone Company for many years and provided hotel management for LK Motels.
In 1990, Jim pursued his calling of becoming a funeral director/undertaker after attending Xavier University’s Cincinnati School of Mortuary Science. After graduation, he moved to North Kingsville, Ohio to manage Burton Funeral Home until 1998. At that time, he moved his funeral home to Ashtabula, from where he retired in 2011. Concurrently, he joined the Auxiliary Sheriff’s Patrol in 1994 and rose to the rank of Lieutenant. He was also active with the Ashtabula County SWAT team as a sniper, retiring from the Sheriff’s Department in 2012. In his later years he was heavily involved in the Erie VA , the DAV and the VFW, always concerned about the well-being of our veterans. But he spent most of his time with his children. There was nothing more important to him than spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Jim was a loving man who cared deeply about his family, friends and community. He was always there for someone in need and gave unconditionally no questions asked. His family will remember him as a loving father and mentor who sacrificed himself daily for his family, and they will continue to love and miss him dearly.
He was a proud member of the American Legion Cowle Post #151, where he served on the honor guard. Additionally, he was a member of the VFW, Conneaut Moose Lodge and Eagles Lodge.
James was predeceased by his mother and father; his daughter Shannon Leigh Krueger; and his brother-in-law Robert Ripley.
His children are left behind, his daughter Kendra Burton of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, James A Burton, John B Burton, Joseph T Burton and Jason M Burton, all still at home in Conneaut; brother George A. (Ann) Burton, Jr.; sister Connie Ripley; grandchildren Dylan Burton, Steven Soltis, Matthew (Shyanne) Burton and Christopher Gantz; and her great-grandchildren, Bella, Layla and Shannon
Calling hours will be observed, Sunday, February 27, 2022 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Thompson-Smith-Nesbitt Funeral Home, 345 Main Street, Conneaut, where the American Legion Cowle Post #151 will salute their deceased comrade at 5 p.m., with military honors. He will be privately interred at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials in Jim’s memory may be addressed to Mentor CARES School, 5028 Forest Rd., Mentor, Ohio, 44060, a school specializing in helping children with autism.
Online guest book and condolences available at www.thompsonsmithnesbitt.com
Published on February 25, 2022