Charles Oscar Burton was born March 6, 1930 in Durham, Oklahoma to Paul Monroe and Hazel Irene (Calder) Burton.
He passed away November 8, 2017 at his home in Colorado Springs, CO. His parents, his sister, Juanita Wilkins, and his
daughter, Karen Kay Burton, preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Suzan Crary-Hoover and her husband,
David; his grandsons, Colin Crary, Brian Hoover and Nathan Hoover; his former wife, Babe Estes Burton; his “near-son”
Darrel Williams (Debbie); and his nephews, Kent Wilkins (Renae), Scott Wilkins; Jeff Wilkins (Lisa), and Brad Wilkins.
Charles spent his early years in Durham, where he enjoyed riding his horse, developed his taste for western wear, worked
alongside his dad at the barber shop, and made many lifelong friendships. He graduated from Durham High School in 1947,
attended Panhandle A&M, and served in the United States Marine Corp from 1951-1953. He graduated from from the University
of Oklahoma in 1955. He spent most of his career as a maintenance superintendent in industrial plants and took his family from
Texas to Georgia, Arkansas, and South Dakota, and finally back to Texas where he retired from Crown Central Petroleum in 1991.
He traveled in his RV for many years and enjoyed the connections he made in the Loners on Wheel RV Club. He settled in Colorado
Springs in 2012, finding his home on the seventh floor of the Pikes Peak Towers building. There he found friends, enjoyed his view of
Prospect Lake and Colorado’s Front Range, and serving as unofficial photographer of events at the Towers. A celebration of Charles’s
life will be held at the Pikes Peak Towers on Friday, November 24th. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Cheyenne Star, November 23, 2017