Robert Michael Burton SNYDER-Robert Michael Burton, 58, son of retired Avalanche-Journal reporter Gerry Burton, was found dead at his home in Snyder. He had been ill and a coworker checking on him discovered the body. According to his wishes, there will be no services. The body will be cremated and the ashes scattered where those of his father, John C. Burton Jr., were scattered in 2007. Arrangements are by Bell-Cypert-Seale Funeral home. Burton, a native of Hamlin, attended Snyder public schools before moving to Lubbock, where he attended Wilson Junior High and graduated from Coronado High School and Texas Tech. He also attended Western Texas College, where he authored a column for the college paper and, for a while, was an A-J correspondent. He was known wherever rail fans gathered for his articles and research on the Santa Fe railroad and was compiling his research for a much-requested book at the time of his death. Many of his historical articles are on the Santa Fe model train internet site. He presented many papers to the West Texas Historical Association of which he was a member. He was listed in many railroad history books as a valued contributor. Burton is survived by his mother of Tow and brother, John Bryan of Chadds Ford, Pa.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 6, 2013