Official Obituary of

David J Burton

1941 ~ 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

David Burton Obituary

David J. Burton, age 82, passed away Friday, March 1, 2024, at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born November 29, 1941, in West Chicago, IL, the son of Joffre “Joe”and Anna (Foxen) Burton.

Dave attended St. Mary’s University of San Antonio, Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on physical education.  He went on to receive his Master’s degree in education from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.  Dave was a social studies teacher at Gary school in West Chicago prior to pursuing a career in educational administration.  He was made Assistant Principal, and then Principal, of West Chicago Middle School until his retirement in 1997.  After working for a time as a class trip chaperone with Educational Tours, Dave found the part-time job of his dreams as Head Golf Ranger at St. Andrews Golf Club in West Chicago.  For over 20 years after retirement, Dave enjoyed his job as Head Ranger and would have worked there many more years if his health had permitted.

Dave was a lifelong sports fan, especially the Chicago Cubs and Oklahoma Sooners.  He enjoyed nothing more than watching sports or talking sports with family, friends, and even strangers.  In his later years, Dave enjoyed doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, reading, and visiting with friends and family.

He is survived by his daughter Monica (Jim) Thing of Elburn; granddaughter Morgan (Brendan) Casey of Chicago; siblings Patricia Slowiak of Batavia, William (Anne) Burton of Florida, and James (DeeDee) Burton of Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law Joe Slowiak; sister-in-law Bonnie Steele; his parents, and loving wife Betty (Betts).

Visitation for David will be held Thursday, March 7, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a liturgical wake service at 7:45 pm, at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 East State Street (RT 38), Geneva.

Funeral Prayers will be held Friday, March 8, 2024, at 9:30 am at the Malone Funeral Home, Geneva, proceeding to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1891 Kaneville Rd, Geneva, for Celebration of Funeral Mass at 10:30 am, with Father John McFadden Celebrant.  Please click on link to live stream the mass

Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Geneva.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105,, or Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, Nebraska 68010,, are appreciated. 

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March 7, 2024

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Malone Funeral Home
324 East State Street
Geneva, IL 60134

Funeral Mass
March 8, 2024

10:30 AM
St Peter Catholic Church
1891 Kaneville Road
Geneva, Illinois 60134


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