Dennis Burton

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Dennis Ray Burton, 71, of Waterloo, IL, formerly of Belleville, IL, born January 31, 1951, died Thursday, June 2, 2022, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO, after his four-year battle with lung cancer.

Denny was a retired international labor representative for the Chemical Workers Union. Prior to that Denny served in the United States Army for two years and worked at Monsanto for 20 years. One of Denny’s favorite past times was to visit Kentucky Lake and go boating with his family.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 37 years, Janice K. Burton, nee Cook, whom he married on August 8, 1969, and who died on July 13, 2006; his parents, Raymond and Loretta Burton; a brother, Steven Burton; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Audrey, nee Kronenburger, Cook; a brother-in-law, David Cook; and a beloved cousin, Jean Eckert.

He is survived by three children, Kristi (Blake) Holliday of O’Fallon, IL, Jeff (Michelle) Burton of Shiloh, IL, and Amy (Adam) Bader of Fort Myers, FL. He was the loving and proud grandfather “Paupie” of eight grandchildren, Breanna Bader, Lexi (Patrick) Iglesias, Adam and Brooke Bader, Blake and Peyton Holliday, and Brody and Rylee Burton; and three great-grandchildren, Lydiana Bader, Emmy Rose, and Luke Iglesias. Denny is also survived by a brother, Bruce Burton of Belleville, IL; a brother-in-law, Michael (Niccy) Cook of Belleville, IL; a special cousin, Mike Eckert of Belleville, IL; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The Burton family wishes to express their gratitude to the loving care provided by Dr. Morgenstern and his favorite head nurse, Jill.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Siteman Cancer Center, MSC 1247-414-2100, 7425 Forsyth Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63105 or online at Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral: A celebration of life will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2022, at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Edge, 701 South Belt West, Belleville, IL, 62220. We would love to hear all of the wonderful memories of our Dad and invite everyone to toast him with a Busch!



7 Comments on Dennis Burton

Dean Henderson said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2022 at 12:46 PM

I grew up in Caseyville, Il. with my best friend, Denny, we caught crawfish, and loved exploring everything, before civilization took over

  • House Springs
  • Mo.
Dean Henderson said : Guest Report Dec 20, 2022 at 12:20 PM

One of my best friends growing up in Caseyville

  • High ridge
  • Mo.
Bob Hunter said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2022 at 4:10 PM

My deepest sympathy to all of Denny’s family. It was such sad news to hear of his passing. I’ll always remember the times we spent together negotiating the contracts for local 871. I was always impressed by his knowledge and how he conducted himself in negotiations. He will be missed by many. Also, thank you to Kristi, Jeff and Amy for the celebration of life. It was good to see so many of Denny’s friends gathered to remember him.

  • Pontoon Beach
  • IL
Jerry & Carol Maxim said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2022 at 8:21 AM

Carol & I are deeply saddened on the passing of Denny. We will always remember the time we spent with the family on Kentucky Lake when we managed to get seven kids up & skiing at the same time behind Denny’s boat. Also, eight years of the “Big Blue” soccer team when the boys were in grade school. Our sympathies & condolences go out to the entire Burton family. Jerry & Carol Maxim

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Dan Kaut said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2022 at 2:43 PM

Local 871C in Sauget IL sends out our deepest condolences to the family of brother Denny Burton. Denny helped a lot of workers and their families through his efforts as a Union representative ranging from a fair day’s pay, health benefits, sick pay, and ultimately retirement benefits when they were done working. Denny’s efforts effected many lives in many great ways. The workers at 871C will forever be grateful.

  • Sauget
  • IL
Wendy said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2022 at 6:17 AM

I'm sorry for your loss. Denny was my soccer coach growing up. My fondest memories were when he made us run "killers". I may have hated them, but I knew they were important. Our practices were always in Belleville at a school play lawn. On the very last game we ever played I made a play that blessed my ears with Denny saying "great play! Where has that been all these years?" I have carried that play and those words with me for over 30 years. They motivate me. Denny was a fantastic and motivating man whom I cherish. May the comfort of Jesus be with you all.

  • Affton
  • Mo
Bruce Burton said : Guest Report Jun 03, 2022 at 8:34 PM

Growing up Denny was my protector from all the older bullies in the neighborhood As kids we had lots of fun with our high jump stand our dad had built for us and walking on stilts . We played football and also ran through the woods with our Dog Roxie. The days of years gone by are well remembered and I shall truely miss my big Brother. Rest well until we meet again. Good bye for now.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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