Lowell E. Barton died on Dec. 20 from complications of heart surgery.
He was born on June 21, 1938, to Edward and Opal Barton on the family farm in Grand Rapids, Iowa.
Barton attended grade school and high school in Grand Rapids, graduating in 1956. After high school, he joined the United States Navy, where he traveled the world on the USS Ranger.
When his military obligations were finished, Barton returned to Grand Rapids. There he met Kay Meagley, and the two were married on June 3, 1962. He was married for 24 years, and had four children. While married to Kay, the couple lived and worked on the farm where he was born. He worked a second job with Dana Corporation as a tool and die man, building transmissions for the auto industry. They were divorced in October 1986.
In 1991, Barton sold the farm in Ohio and moved to Indiana, where he continued to work for Dana. While there, he met his second wife, Claudia, and they were married in January 2002. He retired from Dana in 2003, and after retirement, worked odd jobs including welding and mechanic work. He divorced Claudia in 2004.
In the late spring of 2005, Barton moved to Burns to be closer to his grandson, Luke Bailey. He purchased property in Burns and began upgrading it shortly after the purchase. He met Lois Harmon in Burns, and the two were married in October 2007.
Barton enjoyed hunting, fishing, a good card game and a good joke. He had a talent for drawing and was very creative. His three daughters credit their dad for becoming strong, independent women with good work ethics.
Barton is survived by his third wife, Lois Barton of Burns; daughters, Roxane Kay Bailey and husband, Brad, of Burns, Jennifer Sue Barton and husband Patrick Lyons of Manchester, Mich., and Stephanie Michelle Barton of Columbus, Ohio; grandson, Luke Edward Bailey, of Burns; granddaughter, Adelaide Kay Lyons of Manchester, Mich.; brother, Richard Barton and wife, Lucille, of Grand Rapids, Ohio; and sister, Marilyn Murray of Coldwater, Mich. He is also survived by stepdaughters, Claudelle Halcome and Collette Wolf of Sacramento, Calif., Charlene Teutsch, of Burns, and Cheryl Alacon, of Merced, Calif; and numerous nieces and nephews, step-grandchildren and great-step-grandchildren.
Barton was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Caris Ann Dawes; and son, Edward James Barton.