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Herbert H. Burton

Herbert Burton Obituary

Herbert Hugh Burton, age 95 passed away Friday, February 16, 2024.  He was born October 27, 1928 to John Alfred and Mae Lee Burton in Point Pleasant, West Virginia.  Herb was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Juanita (Richard) Spencer and Evelyn Burton; brothers John (Kuniko), Homer and Douglas Burton.

His family moved to Gallipolis, Ohio where he spent most of his early life.  After graduation from Gallia Academy High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving time in Japan and the Korean Conflict.  He was awarded several medals while in service.  However, because his records were destroyed in a fire in 1973 at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, he was not recognized as a veteran until 2021.  Once recognized, he was awarded the National Defense Services Medal and the Korean War Service Medal on October 7, 2023.

He married Betty J. Casey in 1952.  After his honorable discharge from the Army, he moved to Dayton, Ohio where Betty was employed at WPAFB.  He began a career with the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier.  He also worked many years doing apartment maintenance for Mr. Eugene Kreusch.  When he retired in 1986, he was Postmaster in Fairborn, Ohio.

In 1954, he and Betty moved to the Pineview Neighborhood where they currently reside.  In 1981, he was involved in the organization of the Pineview Neighborhood Association, where he remained an integral part of the Neighborhood Association.  Several years ago, he was instrumental in starting a clean-up drive in coordination with the City of Dayton to clean up the area around Lakeside Lake, which had become neglected and an eyesore for the neighborhood.  The Garden Club of Dayton also assisted.   He was very proud of all of the improvements that have been made to the lake over time.  He received the Pineview Merit Award for his historical and distinguished service on October 7, 2023.

He served on several boards including the Southwest Priority Board, West Dayton Land Use, Gateway Men’s Homeless Shelter, Stony Hollow Landfill, and the Montgomery County Homeless Solutions Policy Board representing the Pineview Neighborhood Association.  In conjunction with Waste Management and the Southwest Priority Board, Herb was involved with the annual purchasing and distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys to neighbors adjacent to the landfill.  Also, under the direction of Mrs. Patricia Rickman and the Southwest Priority Board, he collected and distributed socks to several organizations including Gateway Men’s Homeless Shelter, Homefull, St. Vincent DePaul Women’s Shelter, House of Bread,  Daybreak, and the YWCA at Christmas time, something he still continued even last Christmas.  After Mrs. Rickman’s passing, he solicited the help of his swimming friends so that the distribution could continue.  Herb received the 2018 Mayor’s Award for Community Service.

Herb also spent many years at DATV, learning to use camera equipment and was the cameraman for many productions.  He received many awards for shows he worked on.  After his retirement from the Post Office, he volunteered at several local schools working one-on-one with students who needed extra help with reading, etc.  He truly enjoyed working with children.

Herb began taking swimming lessons and computer classes at Sinclair Community College after his retirement from the Post Office.  He became an avid swimmer and continued to swim at Sinclair and Northwest Recreation Center until his 95th Birthday and became ill shortly thereafter.  He became close friends with many of the swimmers, and they would often get together and meet monthly at the VA Grotto during the warmer months.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 72 years, Betty; daughters Angela Jones and Lisa Burton-Yates; “sons” Jerome Yates, Randall Frye, Otis Mays, Jeffrey Smith; granddaughter Gian (Miles) McCall, great-grandsons Cruz and Ryder McCall; and Godson John Meacham.  He also leaves to mourn very special nieces, nephews, cousins; special neighbors Karen Smith, Jodi Mussinon and Shirley Favors, and many loving friends.

His final wish was that any donations be made to the Lakeside Lake Preservation Fund #5080, The Dayton Foundation, 1401 S. Main St., Ste. 100, Dayton, Ohio 45409 for new benches, a walkway, or even a new pier.

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Services

Visitation
Thursday
February 29, 2024

10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Phillips Temple CME Church
3620 Shiloh Springs Rd.
Trotwood, OH 45426

Funeral Service
Thursday
February 29, 2024

12:00 PM
Phillips Temple CME Church
3620 Shiloh Springs Rd.
Trotwood, OH 45426

Interment
Thursday
February 29, 2024

Dayton National Cemetery
4400 W. Third St.
Dayton, OH 45428

Donations

Lakeside Lake Preservation Fund #5080, The Dayton Foundation
1401 S Main Street, Suite 100, Dayton OH 45409

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