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CHARLES EDWARD, 81
Ocala - Charles Edward Burton of Ocala, FL was born just after the onset of the Great Depression and grew up in Pennsylvania, the son of second-generation German immigrants.
Like so many in that time, he enlisted in the Air Force after his last high school bell rang. He spent eight years as a weapons technician serving in the Korean War, traveling throughout Europe and Asia, and living through the adventures that would later become the substance of great stories. True to his headstrong nature, he eloped with Gladys Burton, another native Pennsylvanian, in 1956. It was not long after that his two sons, Charles Adin Burton and Blake Edward Burton were born.
The following decades saw him working as an aircraft mechanic; taking jobs anywhere in the world to better support his family. Moving to the Philippines, Japan, Congo, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and throughout most of the United States, there were few places Charles Burton had not wielded a wrench. Often uprooting the family with him, he provided a very unique and often dynamic home life. It was these experiences that shaped the larger than life stories he would share to anyone within earshot.
Charles Burton, or Charlie, as those closest referred to him as, spent the last 20 years of his retirement in Ocala, Florida. A peaceful homestead amongst horse farms and open space, he was particularly lucky to have spent the past several years as a neighbor to one of his sons and several of his grandchildren.
A survivor of prostate cancer and late stage lung cancer, Charles Edward Burton, at age 81, unexpectedly passed away in his sleep during the early hours of January 1, 2013. True to his nature he passed away on his terms - peacefully and comfortably.
Arrangements by Roberts Funeral Homes, Downtown Chapel, Ocala, FL., 352-622-4141.
Roberts Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel
606 Southwest 2nd Avenue Ocala, FL 34471
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Jan. 4 to Jan. 5, 2013