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March 30, 2014

Charles Dean Burton

WILLIAMSBURG — Charles Dean “Doc” Burton, formerly of Midland, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Williamsburg, Mich. Born Dec. 21, 1923, in Monroe, he was the son of Clare L. and Grace Will Burton.

He grew up in St. Johns and Lapeer, graduating from Lapeer High School in 1941. After joining the ROTC Charlie attended Alma College and was selected for an officer’s program based at Northwestern University, from which he graduated before serving proudly as an Ensign on the Naval carrier USS Indus in the South Pacific during World War II.

Following his service Charlie married the former Joyce Marie Worth on June 22, 1946.

After Charlie earned a master’s degree in organic chemistry from Michigan State University in 1948 the couple moved to the Philadelphia area, where he worked for chemical manufacturer Rohm & Haas. In 1951 they moved to Holland, Mich., where Charles worked for Miles Laboratories in Zeeland. The parents of three daughters, the Burtons spent more than 50 of their 68 years together as residents of Midland, where Charlie worked as a chemist for the Dow Chemical Company for 25 years in rocket oxidizers and consumer products. Following his retirement in 1986 he worked as a consultant for Caltech Industries in Midland.

A member of the American Chemical Society for more than 60 years, he held several patents.

Charlie gave generously of his time and talents. He was an active member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he served as trustee. He was one of the first tutors at the Midland Literacy Council and tutored adult students for 15 years. He was a volunteer at the Midland County Emergency Food Pantry Network. A regular blood donor, he reached the Nine Gallon Club mark.

Making sure his children and grandchildren received a college education was always a top priority.

Charlie was an avid golfer and managed to score a hole-in-one - twice. He was an original member of the 1966 Ware-Smith bowling team which included members, Chuck Malpass, Gary Johnson, Jim Baker, the late John Snover, Ferrell McClure and Jim Hosher. The Burtons vacationed for 40 years at Glen Lake in Northern Michigan, where Charlie could be seen sailing his blue and yellow Sunfish, “The Dapper Dipper.”

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