Walter George Burton, SR.

  • Born: August 28, 1932
  • Died: December 9, 2020
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory - Franklin Township Chapel

5950 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Tel. (317) 783-3653

Tribute & Message From The Family

Walter Burton – aka Mr. Burton, Walter, Uncle Walter, Red, Uncle Red, Burt, Burton, Red Pop, Pop Poppa, Pap-Paw, Papaw, Big Papaw, Dad, Daddy, Honey

Walter had many names; if you called him, he always answered. He was admired, respected and loved by so many people - - family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.

Walter was born in French Lick, Indiana on August 28, 1932 to Jim and "Ophie" Burton. He graduated from French Lick High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He worked as a machine repairman at Western Electric for 30 years, retiring in 1986. He was a "home grown" gardener, auto repair guy, carpenter and home repair guru. If there was a practical need, he would figure out how to do it, and get it done. He prided himself on being an excellent provider for his family. ALSO, he was an avid basketball fan.

Walter passed away at his home in Indianapolis on December 9th, 2020, in the company of his family, from the effects of a long-standing chronic illness. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Anna Marguerite (Rector) Burton; children Marguerite, Catherine, Edith, and Walter, Jr. (Maggie); eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, James H. Burton of Battle Creek, Michigan, numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ophia Burton of French Lick, Indiana; step mother, Lillian Harmon Burton of French Lick; parents-in-law John and Mary Rector of Kennard, Indiana; three sisters and one brother; several sisters and brothers-in law, and nephews.

Services will be private. Walter requested that contributions might be made in the name of his family, to the charity of YOUR choice.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Thinking of you especially a lot today as I leave memories on Uncle Jim's page too. I hope you're having a beer together. I miss you every single day.

Posted by Awbrey Brosseit - Indianapolis, IN - Grandchild   October 20, 2021

For my brother Walter he was, without a doubt, the best brother anyone could ever be blessed to have. That I could be that person, had to be the will of the GOOD lord, He will forever be in my memory. He will never be gone, Brother Jim "B"

Posted by James Burton Jr. - Battle Creek,, MI - Brother   December 19, 2020

This is the face you'd usually see from him in pictures - he wasn't particularly fond of having photos snapped of him willy-nilly, so he always got kinda silly. This was at his 87th birthday.

Posted by Awbrey Brosseit - Indianapolis, IN - Grandchild   December 17, 2020

You'd be spitting mad to hear me say this but I'd give ten years of my life for five more minutes with you, and trade myself for you and your good health in a heartbeat. I know you wouldn't want that, though. It would make you mad. I miss you every second of every day and the world feels wrong without you in it. I love you so much.

Posted by Awbrey "Awbbob" Brosseit - Indianapolis, IN - Grandchild   December 15, 2020

Nothing will ever be the same.

Posted by Cathy Burton - Indianapolis, IN - Daughter   December 14, 2020

"Uncle Walter will always be a very special person in my life. He always took time to ask how I was doing and truly cared. The measure of a person is seen in those he influences and associates with. When you examine Walter's Family, you see honest, hardworking, loving people in abundanceUncle Walter and Aunt Marguerite have inspired a truly wonderful Family. Uncle Walter will always be remembered as the loving and devoted Husband, Father, and Friend that we all have had the privilege to know.

Posted by James Burton - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI - Family   December 14, 2020


I will always remember Papaw as a very special person, a kindhearted, caring, and generous man, and a sweet and funny guy. He was a man of few words, and he was very wise and an excellent judge of character.

He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. I have so many happy memories with him, and I will cherish them forever.

Posted by Amy Shamanov - Bloomington, IN - Grandchild   December 14, 2020

I'll always cherish my last moments with you in your final days. I'm truly lucky to be your granddaughter and to have had such an amazing man in my life. You'll forever be my role model. I love you and miss you.

Posted by Allison Bandy - Indianapolis, IN - Grandchild   December 12, 2020

I will always be your Eli. Words cannot be found to explain how I feel. Just know that we will take what you have taught us, and continue it on through family and the generations. Rest knowing that we will take care of Mom. I love you. GoBANGO Daddy.

Posted by Edith Bandy - Indianapolis, IN - Daughter   December 12, 2020

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This is the face you'd usually see from him in pictures - he wasn't particularly fond of having photos snapped of him willy-nilly, so he always got kinda silly. This was at his 87th birthday.