BARTLEY -- Myrlin "Mert" Arthur Burton, 77, of Bartley, died Sunday (April 22, 2007) at Community Hospital in McCook. He had been a resident of Hillcrest Nursing Home since August of 2004.
He was born April 8, 1930, to William A. and Elma E. (Hodgkin) Burton at Bartley, Nebraska, and graduated from Bartley High School in 1948.
He entered the U.S. Army on Dec. 4, 1951, and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, during the Korean War. He transferred to the Army Reserve on Dec. 2, 1953, and was honorably discharged on Dec. 3, 1959.
Myrlin farmed for 47 years and was employed by Klein's Motor and Electric for 23 years. He served as secretary of School District 21 and was an elder, deacon, and teacher at the Bartley Christian Church. In 2006, he transferred his membership to the McCook Christian Church, and was the Hillcrest American Heart Association King. His greatest joys were his children and grandchildren. Myrlin also enjoyed Husker football, animals, bird watching, air rifle and pistol target shooting.
Myrlin was preceded in death by his wife, Donna on April 22, 2006; his parents, William and Elma; brothers Gerald and Francis; son-in-law, Danny Sughroue; and infant granddaughter, Brittany Lee Burton.
Survivors include his daughter, Patricia Smith, and husband, Tom of Bartley; son, William "Bill" Burton and wife, Coralyn "Cori" of McCook; five grandchildren, Danette Sughroue of Kearney, Tye Smith of Bartley, Brett, Brooke, and Breanne Burton of McCook; sister Audrey Troester of McCook and twin sister and brother-in-law Marion and Harold Raburn of Holdrege; sisters-in-law Grace Burton and Goldene Burton; and brother-in-law Kenneth Stewart and wife, Donna all of Bartley.
Memorials may be given in his name to McCook Christian Church.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at McCook Christian Church with Pastor Clark Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Bartley Cemetery.
Visitation is today until 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. -- 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Friends may visit the funeral home or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.