Dean Ethmer Burton
Dean Ethmer Burton was born September 13, 1929 in Cambridge, Nebraska. His parents were Levi Francis & Lota Faye (Wymore) Burton. He spent his infant days on the farm 4 miles north of Bartley, Nebraska and his boyhood days on the farm 4 miles west of Bartley. He attended District # 10, a one room country school for the first 8 years of his education. Four years of high school were at the “University Of Nebraska School Of Agriculture” in Curtis, Nebraska. A bachelor of Divinity degree was earned at Manhattan Christian College in Manhattan, Kansas. Graduate work was taken at Butler School of Religion (now Christian Theological Seminary) in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Dean and Martha met at a church camp held on the fair grounds in Cambridge, Nebraska prior to their junior years in high school. They began dating at church camp the following year. Dean persuaded Martha to attend Manhattan Christian College with him in Manhattan, Kansas. They were engaged in October of 1947 and married June 13, 1948 at Cozad, Nebraska, Martha’s home church. Deana Faye was born October 22, 1950 at Herrington, Kansas and Samuel Joseph Burton was born September 12, 1953 at Hays, Kansas.
During 70+ years in the ministry, churches served were: Princeton and Wilsey, Kansas while a student at MCC. Stockton, Kansas, New Brunswick, Indiana, Clermont, Florida, Westshore Christian Church in Tampa, Florida, First Christian in Dodge City, Kansas, Mt Branson Christian in Branson, Missouri, Forest Hills Christian Church in Tampa, Florida, Forsyth Christian Church Forsyth MO, and New Testament Christian Church in Reeds Spring, MO. Upon retiring from the ministry for health reasons in 1991, Dean worked as an instructor for his son, Sam, in GSI Training Services. He also filled the pulpit numerous times as interim minister at Tri-Lakes Christian Church and preached at Forsyth Christian Church from January 1, 2004 until June 14, 2015. A new congregation was established in February 2017 and they asked Dean to be their "temporary preacher". Total sermons preached – 8,449, plus Bible School lessons and Bible Studies.
Next to preaching itself, a high light of Dean’s ministries was getting a church growing and leading them through a building program. He participated in eleven (11) building programs during his ministries.
Dean served in numerous capacities, some of which included being a member of the Trustees and chairman of the trustees at Manhattan Christian College; the Continuation committee of the North American Christian Convention; the first President of the Kansas Christian Convention; President of the Florida Christian Convention; being awarded the Crusader award from MCC; President of the Tampa Florida Ministerial Association, President of the Executives Club in Lake County Florida; five years as an elected member of the school board in Dodge City, Kansas; and held all offices in the Lions Club in Clermont, Florida;
Dean departed to be with the Lord May 19, 2020.
He is survived by: His wife, Martha Alice Chittenden Burton of Branson, Missouri; a daughter Deana Faye Dinsmore and husband Jim, of Frankfort, Indiana; a son, Sam Burton and wife Terri, of Branson, Missouri; a grandson Nathan Burton and wife, Amy and great grandsons Zachary Levi Burton and Jacob Dean Burton; and grand daughter, Erica Bradshaw and husband Tim of Branson, and a great grand daughter, Ryann, of Branson, Missouri. Also surviving is one sister Betty Morgan of Fort Worth, Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many people who made up his church family from churches where he served as minister.
Graveside service will be Thursday May 21, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor Ron Rasmussen officiating at Ozarks Memorial Park Cemetery Branson, MO. The family requested memorial donations to go to Manhatten Christian College, Manhatten, KS.