Ernest J. Burton

November 30, 1937 - September 6, 2021

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Secor Funeral Home
35 Railroad Street
Plymouth , Ohio 44865

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
12:00 p.m.
Secor Funeral Home
35 Railroad Street
Plymouth , Ohio 44865

Ernest J. Burton, age 83, of Plymouth, Ohio, passed away at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio on Monday, September 6, 2021.  He was born November 30, 1937, in Morgan County, Kentucky to the late Hendrix and Nokie Lee (Vance) Burton.

Ernest graduated from Morgan County High School, where he played football and baseball.  He moved to Ohio in 1959 and to Plymouth in 1963.  Ernie was formerly employed by RR Donnelley for 19 years; In 1979, he left to become an independent truck driver with Decker Transport, where he remained until his retirement.  He was a social member of Plymouth American Legion Post 447, an accomplished bowler and avid golfer.  He enjoyed watching Cleveland sports, Ohio State football, western movies and listening to Bluegrass music.

Ernest is survived by his daughter, Elaine (Mike) Batt of Millersburg, Ohio; 7 grandchildren, Zachary (Lisa) King of Crown Point, Indiana; Seth (Andrea) Enderby of Malta, Ohio; Jerod (Kate) Batt of Loveland, Ohio; Rachel (Russel) Nichols of Akron, Ohio; Justin (Rachel) Batt of Holland, Ohio; Caitlyn (Kris Smith) Bruner of Akron, Ohio; Cody (Ryan Shambaugh) Bruner of Ravenna, Ohio; 8 great-grandchildren,  Lilly, Karson, Nina, Loxley, Reagan, Chase, Kennedy, Callum; several nieces, nephews & many friends; and special friend Wilma Samples of Mansfield, Ohio

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis (Johnson) Burton whom he married on February 9, 1959; and a sister, Opha Dean "Sandy" Osborne of Jackson Ohio.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Secor Funeral Home in Plymouth, Ohio on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Ernie's funeral service will follow at 12:00 p.m. with Pastor Linda Kaufman officiating. He will then be laid to rest next to his wife at Greenlawn Cemetery in Plymouth.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Life Connection of Ohio or Stein Hospice in Sandusky, Ohio.  Online condolences may be made to his family by visiting


Kacey (King) Redmond - Sep 16, 2021
I’m so sorry to hear of Ernie’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with him and Skeet when we picked Zak up over there. May he Rest In Peace.
Paul and Beth McClintock - Sep 14, 2021
Our condolences to you, Elaine, and all the family.
Jeff Copeland - Sep 14, 2021
Growing up with our Mom's families and spending Christmas and Thanksgiving together are some of the most fun memories of my childhood. Whether playing Euchre or watching Uncle Ernie yell at the Browns or the Tribe, or going to the Moose when I got older for the Wild Turkey and Thanksgiving turkey raffle, I loved it all. I will miss hearing his laughter, distinct voice, and the fun I had getting to see Uncle Ernie and our Mom's and everyone having fun together. Love to my beautiful cousin Elaine, Mike, and to everyone who was fortunate enough to know Ernie.
Wilma’s niece Mary Ellen - Sep 14, 2021
Condolences to Ernies family and friends and a special hug and love to my Aunt Jean (Wilma) at the loss of her special friend.
Wilma's niece, Linda - Sep 14, 2021
Ernie will be remembered for his wonderful friendship and warm disposition. He will be missed!
Kevin king - Sep 13, 2021
Rest in peace Ernie. Always liked the big rig truck you left in the driveway. You were a great guy . Took us during the blizzard of 78. You will be missed . Condolences to the family . God bless
Sandi, Mick and Michaella OBrien - Sep 13, 2021
Elaine and Family So sorry to hear about Ernie. Thought the world of him. Great guy. So sorry for your loss. Good Bless
Terri Bays Schmidt - Sep 12, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Ernest passing. I enjoyed our chats whenever he came into the bank. Prayers for his family
Cody Bruner - Sep 11, 2021
I love you and I'll miss you papaw. I'm sorry I wasn't there more. I think I'm like you in tons of ways. We look like twins our temper and love for driving. Thanks for everything!