Jim Barton, 92 of Corning, Iowa entered eternal rest Friday, May 12, 2023 at home surrounded by his family. Services will be 2:30 PM, Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center in Corning. Mr. Larry Johnson will officiate and Rev. Dale Keel will assist. Open visitation with family receiving friends will be from 1-2 PM, prior to the service. Interment will be at a later date in the Carl Cemetery with Military Honors. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters (vfw.org).
Marion James “Jim” Barton was born in Corning on July 6, 1930 the 3rd child born to Marion Charles and Nellie Marie (Walton) Barton. Jim was raised and attended school in Corning thru the 11th grade. He then was able to enlist in the United States Marine Corps and served his country from August 5, 1947 during the Korean Conflict. Jim was Honorably Discharged on August 4, 1951. During his time, he earned the rank of Sergeant in 1950 and was a Carbine Sharpshooter and Tractor Equipment Operator. Jim served in Guam, China and Korea.
Upon returning to civilian life, Jim was united in marriage to Bonnie Jean Hatfield on August 19, 1951. The couple was married following their 13th date in Centerville, Iowa. Three children were born to bless this union: Melody, Jodi and Jimmie. The family lived in Centerville for a few years and later Clear Lake, Iowa. The last 59 years were lived in Corning, Iowa. Jim and Bonnie would have celebrated 72 years of marriage this coming August. Jim worked Construction all of his adult life mostly as a Construction Superintendent, working on bridges and culverts all across the state of Iowa.
Jim was well-known as an avid hunter and fisherman. He especially loved Coyote hunting. His love of coyote hunting truly started when Frederick Drake introduced him to organized coyote hunting using hounds and walkie-talkies. In those days, the Coyote hunters didn’t have CB radios or tracking devices. Instead, they used hand held walkie-talkies held out the windows of their pickup trucks. Jim got out early to hunt for tracks or hopefully, spot a Coyote and he stayed until the last hound was caught at the end of the day. In addition to Coyote hunting, Jim also enjoyed hunting rabbits, squirrels, pheasants and deer. If he wasn’t hunting, you could find him fishing. He enjoyed fishing year-round, whether he was catching anything or not. Jim loved being outside in the fresh air and relaxing in the peace and quiet.
Preceding Jim in death was his parents; 3 brothers: Walt, Wayne and Jerry Barton; 2 sisters: Peg Chitty and Frances Montegna; a son-in-law, Bob Drake and a grandson, Jamie Keel.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Bonnie Barton of Corning; his daughters, Melody Drake and Jodi (husband Jim) Schindler of Bay City, Michigan; son, Jimmie (wife Wendy) Barton of Cassville, Missouri; 5 grandchildren: Diana, Missy, Nicholas, Bart and Maci; 10 great-grandchildren: Lucas, Danica, Dylan, Alana, Aaron, James, Michaela, Keagan, LeRoy and Jax. Jim is also survived by his sister, Dorthea (husband Pete) Riley of Corning, Iowa; sister-in-law, Phyllis Barton of Corning; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.