Benton Burton

Benton Young Burton, Jr.
June 27, 1922 - February 8, 2014

Benton Young Burton, Jr., or, "Burt," passed away at Mesa Manor in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Saturday, February 8, 2014. He will fondly be remembered as a true gentleman that loved life. He was humble, kind, considerate, strong, loving, and patriotic.
He was born in Maud, Oklahoma, on June 27, 1922, to parents, Benton Young Burton, Sr., and DeLilah Ogee-Burton.
Prior to joining the military, Benton was a funeral director and embalmer. He served in the United States Air Force; his military service began in 1942. He served during four wars: WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the toughest one…the Cold War. He retired from the USAF as an E-9, in 1975, after 30 plus years of honorable service to our country.
He was a proud member of the Potawatomi Indian Nation. In 2005, he was honored by the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for his career of military service. His military memoires are being preserved in the Potawatomi Cultural Heritage Center in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
In 1998, Burt married Shirley Cunningham. They began the second chapter of their lives in Battlement Mesa before moving to Grand Junction in 2001.
In addition to his wife, their children survive him, Nancy Pinkston (Apple Valley, California); DeeAnne Black (Palmdale, California); Sue Stitt and Beth Price (Grand Junction, Colorado), and Jeff Cunningham, (Glenwood Springs, Colorado). He also leaves 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was formerly married, with three children, to Willie Mae Green, who preceded him in death. His daughter, Sharon Shelton of Maud, Oklahoma, also preceded him.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Colorado Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard.
A service will be held, beginning at 10:00 a.m., this Thursday, February 13, 2014, at the Veteran's Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction.
Services are entrusted to Grand Junction Funeral Home.

Published in The Daily Sentinel on Feb. 12, 2014