Burton Lee Garten, 67, of Greenwood, Indiana passed away on the evening of November 15, 2021 at home. Burton was born in Franklin, Indiana to the late James R. Garten and Emalou (Burton) Garten.
After graduating from Southport High School in Indianapolis in 1972, Burton went on to graduate from Indiana University Bloomington in 1976 and received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1979. Burton worked for the State of Indiana for 39 years, 30 of which were for the State Department of Health as an Attorney and Director until his retirement in 2019. Having met his future wife at I.U., he married Susan Ruth (Heine) Garten in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. They have a daughter, Sarah E. W. Davidson.
Burton was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. He loved spending time with his family, especially his daughter, Sarah, son-in-law Jason and grandson, Miles. He was a strong, kind, loving, and supportive father and husband. Burton thoroughly enjoyed traveling and vacationing with family. He loved reading and studying history and science. For over 50 years, Burton was an avid genealogist, having studied all of his and his wife's families. He published a genealogy newsletter for 20 years, and he wrote two books on Garten genealogy. Those who knew Burton were touched by his integrity, kindness, and humor.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Susan R. Garten; daughter Sarah (Jason) Davidson; grandson Miles Davidson; his brother James (Lajauna) Garten and sisters Melinda (Keith) Smedema and Juanita Garten (Brian) Eacret and many nieces and nephews as well as a number of close friends he called family.
Burton was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church for 39 years. Memorial donations may be made to Resurrection Lutheran Church Memorial Fund (445 E. Stop 11 Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46227). Private services will be held.
Arrangements are in the care of Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care, Indianapolis Chapel.
Published by Simplicity Funeral & Cremation Care from Nov. 17 to Nov. 18, 2021.