Charles Wayne Barton, the son of Marion Charles and Nellie Marie (Walton) Barton, was born October 1, 1926 in Corning, Iowa. Wayne entered eternal rest on August 2, 2015 at Good Samaritan Society, in Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 88 years, 10 months, and 1 day.
Wayne attended Corning High School through his sophomore year. He would later obtain his GED during the 1970’s. Wayne served his country in the United States Navy during WWII, from February 1945 until his honorable discharge in 1946. On June 15, 1945 he married Olive Lou Howe, in Centerville, Iowa, prior to being deployed overseas. He spent most of his time in the service operating heavy equipment.
Wayne worked for several contractors around the state, putting his Navy training to good use. He operated heavy construction equipment all his life and he took great pride in his work. Wayne and Olive moved to Chariton, Iowa, in 1954. They would later move to Taylor County in 1977 and settle in Corning in 1978.
Wayne belonged to the American Legion OURCQ #117 and the International Operating Engineers Union. He was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Chariton and Corning, and a former member of the Order of Knights of Pythias.
Wayne’s hobbies included dancing the two-step with Olive, and going to races and rodeos. He was an avid reader who liked to keep up with current events. Mostly though, he was a proud American who was strong in his faith, and who loved his grandkids.
Left to cherish Wayne’s memory: are his loving wife of 70 years, Olive, Red Oak; children: Lynda (Roger) King, Red Oak; Raymond (Sonya) Barton, Corning; Candice (Wes) Lamb, Adel; grandchildren: Lonny (Michael) Brannen, Council Bluffs; Kelly (Terry) Snyder, Red Oak; Jonathan (Gentri) Barton, Neveda, Iowa; Amanda Barton, Las Vegas, Nevada; Callie Lamb, Adel; Michaela Lamb, Adel; Ashely (Brian) Parrish, Polk City; Whittney Lamb, Bedford; Great grandchildren: Keagan King, Nolan Snyder, Sophie Snyder, Cael Barton, Nora Barton, Eden Barton, Jude Barton, Jace Lamb, and Laney Parrish; brothers: Jim (Bonnie) Barton, Carl; Jerry Barton, Corning; sister: Dorthea (Pete) Riley, Corning; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Preceding Wayne in death were his parents: Marion and Nellie Barton; infant sister; Carol Rose Barton; brother: Walt Barton; sisters: Peggy Chitty and Francis Montegna