Lawrence D. “Pete” Barton, 102, of Alpha, IL died Friday, July 16, 2021 at Heartland Health Care in Moline. Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at the Alpha Cemetery where graveside military services will be conducted. There is no visitation and memorials may be left to the Alpha United Methodist Church or the Oxford American Legion Post 1197. Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com.
He was born July 24, 1918 on the family farm near Rio, IL to Lynn and Josephine Epperson Barton. Pete attended the local schools and the Alpha High School. He married Evelyn Holdsworth June 27, 1942 in Kahoka, Missouri.
Pete served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945 during World War II.
In 1950 he built Barton Body Shop just north of Alpha which he operated for 33 years, retiring in 1983.
He enjoyed fishing, golfing and spending 30 winters in southern Texas.
Pete was a member of the Alpha United Methodist Church, Oxford American Legion Post 1197 and the Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife of 79 years, Evelyn; two sons, Gary (Judy) Barton of Alpha, IL, Curtis (Susan) Barton of Silver Springs, MD; one daughter, Rosann (Russ) Collingwood of Wallace, NC; six grandchildren, Gail (Colin) McNiece of Scituate, MA; Erica (Jon) Thorstenson of Woodhull, IL; Erin (Rodney) Gardner of Charlotte, NC; Brian Collingwood of Matthew, NC; Andrew Barton of Frederick, MD; Kevin Barton of Silver Springs, MD; 7 great grandchildren, Ella, Cole, Neala, Leah, Devin, Gracie and Peyton; several nieces and nephews.
Pete was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and six sisters.
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Alpha United Methodist Church
211 N. Scandia Street, Alpha IL 61413
Oxford American Legion Post 1197
213 W. A. Street, Alpha IL 61413-9781