E. Gene Barton, age 88, of Alpha, IL. passed away Friday February 11, 2022 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg. Private graveside services will be Tuesday February 15, 2022 in the Memorial Park Cemetery in Moline, Illinois. There is no visitation. Memorials in his name may be sent to the Tri-County Ambulance Services. Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com
He was born May 19, 1933 in Maquon, IL. to Clyde and Edith Whittenmyer Barton. He graduated from AlWood High School and married Thelma E. Manthe July 7, 1956 in Matherville, IL.
Gene was employed at John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline for over 40 years.
He was a loyal St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and enjoyed bowling and gardening. Together with his brothers Gene, Roy, Dave, George and Paul, all were inducted into the Galesburg Bowling Hall of Fame March 25, 2001. He especially enjoyed being with his family and attending the New Windsor Fair and Rodeo with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma, 1 daughter, Wendy (Tom) Unger of Peru, IL, grandchildren, Jennifer (Matt) Clemmons, Sarah (Sam) Nichols, Brett (Beth) Unger, great grandchildren, Owen and Myles Spring, Jackson, Logan and Cassandra Nichols, 1 brother Dave (Loretta) Barton of New Windsor, Il. and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, one son, Bryan and brothers Kenneth, Roy, Paul, George and Harold Barton preceded him in death