Donald Burton

Donald Burton

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Donald Burton, Jr. 83, of Webster City died Thursday, October 10, 2019 at MercyOne in Des Moines. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Foster Funeral and Cremation Center. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. Wednesday until the time of service at the funeral home.
Donald Edward Burton Jr., son of Donald and Jeanette Johnson Burton, was born September 17, 1936 in Webster City. He graduated from Lincoln High in 1954. Don attended ISU to play football, later transferring to Iowa Teachers College in Cedar Falls. On April 18, 1958, he was united in marriage to Karen Kay Kepler in Webster City. Don was a math teacher for many years at NE Hamilton, South Hamilton, Webster City, and Eagle Grove. He spent many years coaching basketball and football even after his retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Karen of Webster City; son, Donald “Butch” Burton III of Webster City; daughter, Tammy Burton of St. Helena Island, SC; grandchildren, Haley, Hannah and Jake Gibbs; brother, Chuck Burton of Alaska and many extended family.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen Rae Burton and brother in infancy, Ronald Burton.
Don was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. He was an avid sports fan for both the Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones. He enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia.
Don’s family would like to thank Dr. Subhash Sahai for the excellent care he has provided over the years.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Foster Funeral and Cremation Center
    800 Willson Ave
    Webster City, Iowa 50595
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, October 16th, 2019 2:00pm
    Foster Funeral and Cremation Center
    800 Willson Ave
    Webster City, Iowa 50595
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Beth Christianesen

Posted at 02:36pm
Condolences to the family of my 1954 classmate, Don Burton. I hope you find peace in memories of happy times with him. Don and I both walked to school along Elm Street for years and this is a memory I will always have. We walked on opposite sides of Elm Street and in the winter we pitched snowballs at each other. I was proud of the fact that I could throw that far.! I seldom hit Don--my target but he always was able to hit his target---me!! Beth Talcott Christiansen

Jay Wright

Posted at 09:21pm
Coach Burton was a great mentor for me as a young coach. Was blessed to coach with him my first year at South Hamilton! Prayers to the family on their loss. - Jay Wright

Brian Rash

Posted at 08:21pm
Coach B was a phenomenal man! He always expected the most from his players and students, and likewise, he gave his all! He truly cared for his “kids”. He was more than a coach and teacher. He was a mentor for so many! He was a great man who transformed young boys into men on the basketball court. He is the epitome of what a coach and educator should be. I will forever be grateful to have had him in my life!

Bud Legg

Posted at 01:10am
Karen and Family - So sorry to hear of Don's passing. We had a great visit last fall at the South Hamilton football reunion. He was such a great coach but a better person. I still treasure the weekend trips to Fort Dodge, Des Moines, and Ankeny to shop for sport coats or to enjoy a meal with the SH crowd and the times I got to visit with you, Tammy and Butch! My prayers are with you as you move through the healing process. Bud

Paul Hemphill

Posted at 09:54am
With loving memories of "Donald Burton". Mr. Burton meant so much to many. He made a difference in many students lives. Will miss you Coach!!!
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