November 2, 1937 ~ May 16, 2011
Burton, Jerome Philip
November 2, 1937 â€“ May 16, 2011
Jerry Burton of Torrance passed away on May 16, 2011 at the age of 73 at Little Company of Mary Hospital surrounded by his four children and his best friend, Lynne. He was born in Rochester, NY to Leo and Marie Burton, both of Pittsburgh, PA. As a young boy he developed a life-long love for military aviation. During his senior year of high school he joined the Air National Guard and upon graduation he joined the United States Air Force, serving from 1955 until 1959. He proudly served as a crew chief on the F-86D Sabre in the 526th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. In 1959 he began a 42-year career as an aircraft mechanic for TWA in Los Angeles. In 1960 he married Gerry Werts and together they had four children. He was later married for 15 years to his second wife, Arlene. After his retirement in 2001 he spent his time volunteering at local aviation museums and at the Torrance YMCA. His hobbies included camping in the Mojave Desert, geochaching and searching for aircraft parts at known wreck sites. Jerry is survived by sons David (Kim) Burton of Clovis, CA, Jim (Patti) Burton of Post Falls, ID and John Burton of Torrance, CA; daughter Lori (Mark) Kissell of Torrance, CA; and grandchildren Chris, Laura and Brianna Burton; Brett and Erika Kissell; and A.J. and Joshua Burton. Jerryâ€™s Memorial Service will be held at Rice Mortuary on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM, with a gathering of family and friends in Riceâ€™s Lighthouse Reception Room. Burial will be private.
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