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 www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.