Eugene Joseph Burton

February 14, 1939March 6, 2019

Eugene Joseph Burton

Eugene "Gene" Joseph Burton, age 80, peacefully passed away on March 6, 2019, at Hospice of the Valley in Youngstown, Ohio. He was born on February 14, 1939, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Leona and Eugene Burton. Eugene was a graduate of Ursuline High School. He then received a Bachelor of Arts Degree at St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1961. He received his Masters of Arts Degree at the University of Akron in school psychology in 1972. He was also a member of the United States Army Reserve and received an honorable discharge in 1968.

His school career centered on servicing children of all ages. He first became a secondary school teacher teaching classical language and history for six years. He worked as a school psychologist for Maple Heights City Schools and later for the Tallmadge School District until he moved to San Diego in 1978. He became a school psychologist for La Mesa Spring Valley school district until his retirement.

Eugene was survived by his three sisters and brother-in-law: Barbara McCardell, Kathleen Blouch and Jane and John Zador. He will also be missed by his eleven nieces and nephews and their families. Eugene’s life journey also included his cherished friends and colleagues in Ohio and in California.

All arrangements are being completed by Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 East Main Street in Ravenna, Ohio. He will be laid to rest in El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Road in San Diego, California. Condolences and tributes may be sent to


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Tom Kelly

March 24, 2019

I worked with Gene for about 25 years in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District. He was a kind and gentle man who was a positive spirit in his working relationships. Gene’s sense of humor and genuine concern for others brightened a room and endeared him to the staff, children and parents with whom he worked. Gene, you will be missed and your positive regard will live on with those whom you touched. Good bye friend.....Tom Kelly

Robert Horlick

March 19, 2019

We were saddened to learn of Gene’s passing. We lived for many years on the same floor as he. He and we would visit with our other floor neighbors Emil and Jim virtually every Sunday night for more than a dozen years. He had a great sense of humor and was always saying something to make us laugh. He was a gentle, kind soul who seemed to take things in stride, and few things ever really seemed to bother him. During the brief window in 2008 when gay marriage was initially permitted, he offered his apartment as the setting in which Jim and Emil (who had a terminal illness and lived only 2 weeks longer), and Joe and I got married in a very small double ceremony on the very day of Jim and Emil’s 57th anniversary of being together as a couple. Gene offered that bond of kindness that we two couples and he will always share.
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Rob Horlick and Joe Florence