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April 8, 2013

Ervin Lowell Burton

APPANOOSE COUNTY — Ervin Lowell Burton was born July 18, 1923 in Kirksville, Mo., the son of William A. Burton and Nellie Gonsor Burton, and went to heaven on April 4, 2013 with his family surrounding him at his daughter’s home after a brave battle with cancer.

Surviving are his children, Rick (Sandy) Burton of Palm Harbor, Fla., Pamela Lindley Smith of Iowa City and Cheryl (Paul) Schomberg of Dubuque. Ervin had nine grandchildren, Tara (Mike) Kuk, Joshua (Lauren) Burton, Sherry (Eban) Hill, Maxwell Smith, Margeaux (Angelo) Ramirez, John (Sharon) Schomberg, Luke (Ruth) Schomberg, Zachary Schomberg and Halee Schomberg. He was also survived by seven great-grandchildren, Demetrius Ramirez, Charlotte Ramirez, Willow Ramirez, Ian Schomberg, Hans Schomberg, Kai Schomberg and Raven Westpheling-Smith.

Ervin was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Carey Burton, four brothers and three sisters, his parents and one grandson, Ben Matthew Schomberg.

Ervin enjoyed walking in nature, hunting, fishing, recycling, watching sports events, and spending time with his family friends and his church family. He was active in the VFW, Lions Club, American Legion, Democratic Party, Masons, PURE, Alzheimer’s Association, Faith Methodist Church of Russell, Iowa, Community Club and several public education support groups.

Ervin graduated from Cincinnati Iowa High School before entering the Army in 1943. He served in WWII on the European Front and was awarded The Bronze Star while there. He married Jessie Emma Carey on Aug. 6, 1945 in Centerville. After leaving the Army, he went on to receive a B.A. from Parsons College and graduate degrees from Drake University. Ervin worked in the field of public education for 36 years. He was employed in Kahoka, Mo., Cincinnati, Moravia, Moulton-Udell, Clear Creek Community in Tiffin, Davis County in Bloomfield, Mediapolis and Russell. Upon his retirement, Ervin stated, “I will miss the opportunity to help better our schools from within.”

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Association in Ervin’s name.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 9 at 10 a.m. at Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton. The funeral services will be at Fielding Funeral Tuesday, April 9 at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at the East Cincinnati Cemetery, with military rites accorded.

Pallbearers are Luke Schomberg, Zachary Schomberg, Eban Hill, Maxwell Smith, Joshua Burton and Demitrius Ramirez. Honorary Pallbearers are David Brewer, Doyle Bailey, Glen Burton, Jack Ruth, Roy Mathias and Wayne Carey.

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