DeWITT — Lowell D. "Tony" Burton, 81, DeWitt, died at 4:35 a.m. Tuesday (April 15, 2014) at Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur.
There will be Masonic rites at 10 a.m. Friday with the service following at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Jim Kilson, Rory Isaac and Ryne Isaac will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Cemetery, Lane, with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Lane Christian Church; Little Galilee Christian Assembly; Mount Pulaski Masonic Lodge; or CISAR (no-kill shelter), Colfax.
He was born Aug. 17, 1932, in Lake Fork, son of Robert O. and Opal Ross Burton. He married Alberta M. Benefiel on Feb. 9, 1952, in Dallas, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Alberta M. Burton, DeWitt; children, Renee (Richard) Isaac, Clinton; Toni (Michael) Wallner, Farmer City; Lori (Dan) Pries, Bloomington; and Eric (Dawn) Burton, Lincoln; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Olga Burton; one sister; and four brothers.
He was a member of Lane Christian Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in Korea.
Tony loved grafting nut and fruit trees as well as woodworking. He was an electrician and member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 197 for more than 50 years in Bloomington before retiring in 1988.
He was a member of the Mount Pulaski Masonic Lodge 87 AF & AM as well as the Scottish Rite. He was a grand lecturer for the state of Illinois and a member of the Knights Templar.