Charles Burton

Charles George Burton, 89

Charles (Charlie) George Burton, lifelong resident of West Point, IN, died Monday, November 05, 2012, at IU Arnett Hospital. Surviving are his daughter, Karla Jean Welchans (husband Steve), a sister- in- law Janet Leslie, grandchildren Adam Welchans (wife Kristina) and Ashley Welchans (fiancé Brian York), great- grandchildren Mitchell T. Jorczak, Reece S. Welchans, Taylor M. York, and, in a couple of weeks, Charlee A. Welchans will be born. He also leaves behind a loving dog Pete.

Charlie was born August 13, 1923 in Lafayette, IN to George S. and Mary H. (Tengen) Burton. Charlie graduated from West Point High School where he played trumpet in the band and was the basketball manager. After graduation, he began farming. Farming was not just a job for Charlie, it was his love. His love of the outdoors fueled his passion for farming, raising cattle and hogs, hunting, and riding his ATVs. In addition to farming, Charlie worked for the Cheesman's at the West Point Telephone Co. He also sold agricultural seed for LOWE Seed Company.

On August 1, 1954, Charlie married Wanda L. Leslie. They were married for 56 years, until she passed on January 23, 2011.

Charlie was an avid community member. He served on the West Point Volunteer Fire Department, managed the Sherry Cemetery, served as the Wayne Township Trustee for many years, was a 50 year member of the Shawnee Lodge No. 129 F. & A.M., and was a member of the West Point Lion's Club.

Everyone who knew Charlie loved him. He touched the lives of everyone who came in contact with him. His generosity, wit, and charm has left behind a legacy for his family to live up to.

Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel and funeral services 10AM on Friday Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel . Final resting place will be the Sherry Cemetery, near West Point, Indiana. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the West Point Volunteer Fire Department or West Point Cadet Park. Online condolences send to

Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, 2012