RUSSELL E. BURTON, 86 of Princeton passed away Sunday July 13, 2014 at The Waters of Princeton.

He was born in Princeton May 8, 1928. He lived in Princeton most of his life. 

Russell retired in 1987 as Pipeline Engineer for Ashland Oil after 38 years of employment. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during W.W.II. He was a member of Prince Lodge #231 F&A.M. , Life Member of the V.F.W. Post 1114 in Evansville, member of Scottish Rite Valley of Evansville, Hadi Shrine of Evansville and he was a Kentucky Colonel. 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Claire Burton of Princeton; 2 sons and daughter’s-in-law, Russell "Rusty" and Jimmy Ann Burton Jr. of Gulf Port, Miss. and Raymond D. and Tina Burton of Princeton; daughter and son-in-law, Janet I (Burton) and Stephen Johnson of Evansville; 7 grandchildren, Donny Burton, Judy Burton Miller, Angela L. Kleinhenz, Amber N. Carroll, Jazmine Burton, Jerred Burns and Brandi Hall, 2 step-grandchildren, Dalton and Nathan Williams and 9 great grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Opal Mitchell, step- father, Arthur Mitchell, grandson, Brian Eugene Burton, 2 sisters, Carol Jean Harper and Rose Ella Henry, 2 half- brothers; John Robert and George E. Mitchell. 

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday July 16, 2014 at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton, with Pastor John S. Heumann officiating. Burial will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Princeton.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home. Retired Military Veterans will provide military graveside services.