Obituary: Chaplain Tom Burton



Chaplain Tom Burton, 70, of Noblesville died March 1, 2014. He was born Dec. 18, 1943 to the late George and Kathryn Burton.

His love for the Lord and obedience to our Heavenly Father led him away from being lead mechanic at Trans World Airlines for 21 years to attend Southern Baptist Seminary. His passion to serve and spread The Gospel to others sent him to preach in Noblesville. Besides pastoring his church home, he volunteered at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, where he served from 2000 until his passing. As the agency’s senior chaplain he was instrumental in the development and organization of the support teams and services.

He found absolute joy in every opportunity to serve others: family (including 17 foster children), chaplains, inmates and any passing stranger. He went peacefully, leaving his earthly desire to grow God’s Kingdom.

His favorite passage was 1 Thess 5:16-18, which reads “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Joyce; children, Tommy (Paula) Burton, Shanoah (Jeff) Bruner, Jim Hunt, David (Vivian) Burton and Angela Burton; grandchildren, Nicole, Mitchell, Leah, Kayleigh, Mia and Hannah; brother, Jack (Shirley) Burton; and sister, Alice (Jack) Ruppel.

Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. March 5 at Christ Community Church of Hamilton County, 772 N. 10th St., Noblesville. Funeral services are 11 a.m. March 6 at the church with the Rev. Mark Fidler and his son, Tommy Burton, officiating. Inurnment will be at 11 a.m. March 8 in Crownland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton County Chaplaincy Fund, 18100 Cumberland Rd., Noblesville 46060 or


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