OBITUARY: Warne Burton

On Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, Warne Burton, loving husband, father of two and grandfather of five, passed away at the age of 95. Warne was born on Aug. 21, 1923, to Jacquitta Russell and Glen Burton in Meeker, Okla.

He was the second of five. As a young man, Warne served in the U.S. Army 528th Corps of Engineers. During his military career, he achieved the rank of corporal., even being called Corporal Jonesy by his peers. After Worlod War, on January 14, 1946, he started his 42-year career as a dispatcher with the Santa Fe Railroad. On Feb 16, 1950, he married his lifelong love Ada Mae Maddox. This year they would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Together they raised two daughters, Laura and Patricia.

Warne had an extensive love for yardwork and fishing. You could almost always find him out in his garden, mowing his or someone’s lawn, or sitting in his chair next to the garage steeling a nap waving at the traffic. He liked being the handyman and getting work done. He had a true passion for doing it right the first time, so you don’t have to do it again. Warne will be remembered most for his love for his family and for his short temper. He was proceeded in death by his father, Glen, his mother Jacquitta, his wife Ada Mae, and his brothers Roy, George and Harry.

He is survived by his sister Eula (Burton) Barrett, his daughters Laura Burton and Patricia Stewart, his five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Warne Burton’s service will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Petersen Family Funeral Home in Newton with viewing before the service from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Graveside service will not follow funeral and will be done at a later time at the Winfield Cemetery.


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