John Ryan Burton

  • Born: February 14, 1983
  • Died: January 29, 2019
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas

Porter Loring Mortuary

1101 McCullough Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78212
Tel. (210) 227-8221

Tribute & Message From The Family

With great sadness we inform you of the passing of John Ryan Burton on January 29, 2019 as a result of a senseless, violent act. John was born on Valentine's Day 1983 in Snyder, Texas. He was a graduate of Sandra Day O'Connor High School, where he loved playing all sports and proudly held the title of Captain of the baseball team. John immensely enjoyed his time in the United States Coast Guard, where he served in Alaska, Virginia and Maryland. John received the Coast Guard Letter of Commendation Ribbon with Gold Star, Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation, the Sea Service Ribbon and other awards during his service in the Coast Guard. An example of John's kind and caring soul included rescuing lives from an apartment fire.

John cherished his family, the outdoors, the Dallas Cowboys (win or lose) and all animals including his new dog, Annie aka "Wiggles".

John loved playing golf, especially with his father.

John was preceded in death by his grandfather, Colonel John Barrett, grandparents Dr. Robert and Jean Burton and special friends, Wayne, David, Josh and Jason.

John is survived by his grandmother, Gretchen Barrett, his father, Roger Burton and wife Kathi, his mother, Liz Burton and Andy Clarke, his loving sister, Meagan and husband Todd Bielefeld, his future nephew, John Easton Bielefeld, his many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Rosary at 7:00 pm with a Visitation to follow until 9:00 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2019 at Porter Loring North.

2:00 P.M.

Interment will be at Fort Sam Houston at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crime Stoppers or Wishes for Our Heroes.

We appreciate your heartfelt prayers, kind thoughts and the many efforts of the San Antonio Police Department.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Dearest Liz, I am so very sorry to discover that your son lost his life this past January. You & Gretchen are in my thoughts. Please email me when you feel up to it.
Much love, April Newman (Jacque Watson's daughter)

Posted by April Newman - Sierra Vista, AZ - Family Friend   May 27, 2019

John was one of the best neighbors and always so kind to me and my son. We never saw him without his dog, whom he'd lament about slipping her lease and collar often lol. You are not forgotten John rest in paradise, fellow vet and friend.

Posted by Jasmine Johnson - San Antonio, TX   March 22, 2019

I miss you terribly. Please visit me often!

Posted by Shannon Curtis - Gloucester, VA - Significant Other   February 27, 2019

Joe and I were so sorry to hear about John Ryan. Our sincere prayers for all the family on losing such a wonderful son. We pray that with time God will send his healing peace.

Posted by Sharon Minihan - Helotes, TX - Friend   February 14, 2019

My dear Liz, words cannot express the deep sadness and sorrow we feel for the passing of your beautiful boy, John Ryan. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time. Please reach out to Leslie and myself if ever we can be of help in any way.

Posted by Leslie and Dan McMullen - Washington, PA   February 12, 2019

You have my sincerest condolences and prayers for comfort and strength for your family in the days ahead.

Posted by Cynthia Coy-Blackwell - Alexandria, VA - Friend   February 11, 2019

Liz and Family, our heart felt condolences and prayers for you all at this most difficult time. May the Holy Spirit comfort you and give you peace. Lulu Jackson and Rev. Samuel Massenberg, Jr.

Posted by Lulu Jackson - Classmate   February 09, 2019

God Bless You, John Ryan. Thank you for your service. You made it.. on that climb up the stairway to heaven. May God give your family comfort, peace, and strength. Your dear friend, Jared Finch already misses you. Thank you for being in our lives, enduring Jared's cluttered ways while sharing an apartment, and allowing us to enjoy countless baseball games with the best players on earth! You are loved.
Dianne Finch Miller (Jared's mom)

Posted by Dianne Finch Miller - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 08, 2019

My heart is so sad that this happened. So many prayers and love to you and your family. Shine with the stars. Love you, my friend.

Posted by Liz Duca - Honolulu, HI - Friend   February 08, 2019

Our sincere condolences for the Burton family. We will pray for you all and John Ryan. Allow the memories of John to warm your heart, We pray for peace of mind and healing for your family. Sincerely, Jackie and Matt Killian

Posted by Jacqueline Killian - San Antonio, TX   February 08, 2019

Liz and family: I could never find the right words to comfort you in your time of loss. Parents should not ever have to bury a child. I will pray for healing for your family and peace in this most difficult time.

Posted by Mary Brown - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 08, 2019

Dearest Liz, I am so very sorry to learn this news. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Erika Anderson - DALLAS, TX - Friend   February 08, 2019

The Blanchard Family is truly shocked and saddened at the loss of John Ryan. Are hearts are with you. We stand by you and offer our help. May John Ryan rest in peace and may the family find peace as time goes by.

Posted by Warren Blanchard - San Antonio, TX - Family Friend   February 08, 2019

My deepest condolences to the Burton family for your loss. Losing a beloved son is devastating. During this difficult time be assured our Heavenly Father sees your pain and is there to console you with the promise of being reunited with John in the future on a paradise earth. (John 6:40)

Posted by JH    February 08, 2019

Lizzy, Virginia and the boys and I are so very sorry to hear about John Ryan. We love y'all and are praying for his beautiful soul and for your family and loved ones. May God bless you and may the Lord surround you with His protection.

Posted by Christopher Toudouze - San Antonio, TX   February 07, 2019

Liz and Gretchen, so sorry for your loss. You are both in my thoughts and prayers, Rest in peace John.
Diana Battan, Live Oak, Tx.

Posted by Diana Battan - Live Oak, TX - Friend   February 07, 2019

So very sorry to hear of John's tragic death. Prayers to John's family and friends. May God wrap his arms around all those suffering from his loss and bring peace and comfort. RIP John. You will be missed!

Posted by Debra Miller. (Shannon's mom) - Gloucester, VA - Friend   February 07, 2019

Roger, Liz, Meagan, and family, I am so very sorry for your tragic loss. We will be keeping each of you in our thoughts and prayers throughout this difficult journey you did not choose to be on.
Much love,
John & Donna Bump

Posted by John Bump - San Antonio, TX   February 07, 2019

My songs for you John Ryan Burton;
Sound of Silence-Simon & Garfunklel
Hole In The World-Eagles

Posted by Laura Burton - Fresno, CA - Family   February 07, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. May the beautiful memories you have of John give you some comfort.

Posted by Renee and Dean Perry - San Antonio   February 07, 2019

So sorry. May he Rest In Peace.

Posted by Sylvia Chessman Garcia - San Antonio, TX - Acquaintance   February 07, 2019

Liz and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May God keep you during such a difficult time. May you feel God's love and peace remember what a precious gift your son was even for such a short time. Rest in peace young man. Diana Farias Orta

Posted by Diana Orta - New Braunfels, TX - Friend   February 07, 2019

You are loved and will never be forgotten, we love you & your memory will stay with us, your laugh & smile are timeless

Posted by Leslee Evans - Helotes, TX   February 07, 2019

I am literally heartbroken on John's tragic death. Unfortunately I know what it is like to loose a son. There is something wrong to have to bury your children. Wayne has been gone for over 4 years and there is not a day I don't think of him. God has promised if we know Him, we will spend eternity in heaven. Can you imagine the reunion they had when John got there. I wonder what trouble they are cooking up! Time does ease the pain some, where you can remember the good times and the lost isn't as great. May the Lord grant you and your family peace and comfort at this time.

Posted by Maureen Vanoverborg - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 06, 2019

Prayers and peace for the entire family, and justice for John Ryan. Rest Easy young man.

Posted by Lisa Sanchez - Madera, CA - Family   February 06, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the tragic death of John. Burton, as they all called him, was a great friend to my brother, Wayne Van Overborg, for many years. Meagan, please know my hearts hurts for you at the loss of your brother. I pray the birth of Baby John brings many beautiful memories for all of you.

Posted by Denise Valuk - San Antonio   February 06, 2019

On the day(s) to commemorate this senseless loss and life altering void, Roger, Kathi and Meagan, though not present, please feel my love, heart and soul, my arms around you all on this day and everyday. God bless and heal

Posted by Laura Burton - Fresno, CA - Family   February 06, 2019

Condolences to all the family and friends for the loss of your precious son. May God bless you and give you strength during this most difficult time. John will live on in your heart forever. May he Rest In Peace and perpetual light shine upon him.

Posted by Carmen Tovar - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 06, 2019


John Ryan was such a sweet soul. Always looking out for others instead of himself. He was definitely taken too early from this Earth. My love and prayers got out to all of the family, especially Meagan, Liz & Roger. Love you all!

Posted by Kathryn Kling - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 06, 2019

So sorry for you loss, may you take comfort that he is with our father in heaven, watching over all he knew and loved.

Posted by Maxine Benfield - Canyon Lake, TX - Family Friend   February 06, 2019

God bless you John Ryan and Burton Family. I love you and will continue to be one of many voices to support justice

Posted by Laura Burton - Fresno, CA - Family   February 05, 2019

John & my husband were friends he always would pick up the bat or bow or what ever was going on when he would stop by.A really good guy. He will be missed. He always spoke of everyone with a respect not found any many. Very sad God Bless.

Posted by Jodi & Steve Kouri - San Antonio, TX - Friend   February 05, 2019

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God bless you John Ryan and Burton Family. I love you and will continue to be one of many voices to support justice
Prayers and peace for the entire family, and justice for John Ryan. Rest Easy young man.