Obituary Details

John Frank Burton

(05/11/1923 - 09/04/2016)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 09/07/2016

Funeral services for John Frank Burton, 93, of Cherry County, Nebraska, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Fri., Sept. 9, 2016, at the Presbyterian Church in Gordon, Nebr. Mr. Burton passed away Sun., Sept 4, 2016 at Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, Nebr. He is the father of Velvet Dorwart of Lusk, Wyoming. Memorials may be made to the Tri-County Old Time Cowboy Museum in Gordon, Nebr., or to the donor's choice.

Pier Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

A full obituary will follow.

The Lusk Herald
September 14, 2016

John Burton of rural Cherry County, Nebr. passed away Sept. 4, 2016, at the age of 93. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Gordon, Nebr., Sept. 9, 2016.

John was a life-long rancher of Cherry and Sheridan Counties, Nebraska. He belonged to the Methodist Church in Merriman, Nebraska, and in later years the Presbyterian Church of Gordon.

He lived a very full and extraordinary life in many ways. He packed a horse, saddled up another horse, and left Bingham, Nebr. to end up at the Grand Canyon. He worked on open range ranches in Nevada and Utah. In 1953 he decided to settle down to ranch. He married Ardith Nye Aug. 9, 1953, and ranched at his parents' place, then in 1956 purchased the ranch where he and Ardith raised their two children. In 1999 John met and married Ruth Choate of Benson, Arizona, and they enjoyed 17 years together. They traveled together, and their most important accomplishment was the publication of a book "Call me Mac".

John was preceded in death by his wife Ardith and by his parents, George and Aileen Burton. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; daughter Velvet and husband Bart Dorwart of Lusk, Wyoming; their children Cole and Kayla Dorwart, and Cort Dorwart of Billings, Montana, and Jocelyn and Dakota Forkner and Cooper Dorwart of Lusk; great-grandsons Dillon and Logan Dorwart and Jhett Forkner; son G. Mitchel Burton and his wife Kelly, their children, Ryan and Rachel Burton of Ventura, California; sister Mavis Dauphinee and husband Norman of Nebraska; and three nieces of Nebraska, Texas, and Georgia.

Memorials may be made to the Tri-State Old Time Cowboy Museum in Gordon, Nebraska, c/o Dr. David Browder, 638 Fairview, Gordon, NE 69343; or to the donor’s choice.

Pier Funeral Home of Lusk, Wyoming, was in charge of arrangements.

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