Jerry Gene Barton, the son of Marion Charles and Nellie Marie (Walton) Barton, was born in Knoxville, Iowa, on July 2, 1943. Jerry entered eternal rest on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, at the age of seventy-three years, nine months, and twenty-seven days.
Jerry’s father was killed in an accident moving heavy equipment when Jerry was two, and the family moved to Centerville, Iowa. In 1952, he and his mother and a sister moved to Corning where Jerry finished the third grade and went on to graduate from Corning High School with the Class of 1961. Upon graduating, he started working for Pierce Construction Company out of Clear Lake, Iowa.
Jerry married Phyllis Costin in June 1962 at the Corning Christian Church. They had two children; J.C. and Corey. They later divorced. Jerry owned and operated his own construction company until his retirement in 2009. He also started Colony Concession, Inc., which is the marina and beach concession at Corning’s Lake Icaria. Jerry also had a cow-calf herd for a time. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and playing cards. Jerry also enjoyed his “coffee crowd” at Kay’s Café. He enjoyed dancing with his special friend, Susan Pollard.
Left to cherish Jerry’s memory are his sons: J.C. Barton, Corning, Iowa; Corey (Tonia) Barton, Corning, Iowa; five grandchildren: Lyndsay, Mackenzie, Drey, Zach, and Gage Barton; special friend; Susan Pollard, Fontanelle, Iowa; sister: Dorthea (Pete) Riley, Corning, Iowa; brother: Jim (Bonnie) Barton, Carl, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Preceding Jerry in death were his parents; two brothers: Walter and Wayne; two sisters: Peg Chitty; Frances Montegna; infant sister: Carol; sister-in-law: Olive Barton.