Kenneth I. “Ken” Barton

1923 - 2013


In Loving Memory Kenneth I. “Ken” Barton

January 11, 1923 ~ May 31, 2013

Lifetime area resident, Kenneth I. “Ken” Barton, 90, a resident of

Washington Odd Fellows Home, passed away May 31, 2013, at

Walla Walla General Hospital.

Ken was born January 11, 1923, in Walla Walla to William and

Flora McCauley Barton. After high school graduation in 1941, Ken

moved to California and worked for Lockheed Aircraft in Los Angeles.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps immediately after the attack on

Pearl Harbor and served as a fl ight instructor during World War

II until honorably discharged in 1946.

Upon return to Walla Walla, he worked for Brotherton and

Graves Anderson (automotive) and then began a 33 year career

in the retail dairy industry. He started with Young’s Dairy in

home delivery which was later acquired by Carnation Company.

He was promoted to management with Carnation Company

and became Branch Manager, fi rst in Walla Walla then for

Southeastern Washington. He took early retirement in 1985.

Family camping and trailer trips to the Tucannon, Sun

Lakes State Park, Wallowa Lake, the Oregon Coast and the

Olympic Peninsula created wonderful adventures and memories

for his family. He enjoyed fi shing and taught his children and

grandchildren to fi sh. He loved to take his wife Isla dancing,

especially at the Elks Club. Many family and friends were

blessed by his extraordinary baking ability with specially

decorated 3-layer birthday cakes. Another favorite memory was

the unlimited supply of ice cream in his basement freezer. A

gifted gardener, he loved growing fl owers and vegetables. He

uniquely made life special with his support and unconditional

love to all and was deeply loved by his family and friends.

Ken was a Boy Scout troop leader for many years at Central

Christian Church. He was the fi rst male Campfi re Girl leader in

Walla Walla. He was a life member of the Elks Club and active

participant in the 287 Wheelers RV Club. He was a member

of the Evangelical United Brethern Church and spent many

summers cooking for the Newman Lake, Washington church

camp. He also cooked for several years at the Girl Scout camp.

Ken was respected and admired by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Isla May Barton,

Walla Walla, WA; three daughters: Janis Barton, Walla Walla;

Nancy (Robert) Klinsky, Salem, OR; Linda (Scott) Byerley,

Walla Walla; sons: Randall (Bobbie) Barton, Tulsa, OK; stepson,

Richard Venneri, Chicago, Il; fi fteen grandchildren: Todd

Manning, Jill Manning Ward, Nathan, Isaac and Aaron Winegar,

Bryan, Jennifer and Katherine Barton, Emma Northrop Kubrock,

Richard, David, Rachel and Rebecca Venneri and Cameron and

Bren Byerley; twenty-six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces

and nephews, including Harold Heiser and Suzanne McKinney

Miles; and the Heiser Family of Walla Walla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Flora

Barton; sisters: Ruby (Casper) Heiser and Gwendella (Robert)

McKinney; and brothers: Robert (Nancy) Barton; Raymond

Barton; Charles (Zelda) Barton.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., Saturday,

June 15, 2013, in the Fireside Room, Merriam Street Apartments,

115 Merriam Street, Walla Walla, Washington. Memorial contributions

may be made in his honor to the Blue Mountain Humane Society through

Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla

Walla, WA 99362.

Family and friends may write memories and sign the online

guestbook at


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