Memorial services for Richard E. “Dick” Barton, 71, Lawrence, will be at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 5, 2010, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Private inurnment will be at Walnut Valley Cemetery, El Dorado, Kansas. Mr. Barton died on Friday, February 19, 2010, at home.
He was born August 16, 1938, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the son of Gene and Margaret Ulsfer Barton.
Mr. Barton graduated from St. Mary’s High School, Wichita, Kansas in 1955. Upon graduation he joined the Kansas Air National Guard. He was honorably discharged in 1968 as a Senior Master Sergeant, in the 184th Combat Support Squadron, Kansas Air National Guard, McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas.
After leaving the military service, he became a stock broker with Dupont, Glore, & Forgan. He worked in that capacity from 1968 thru 1972, when he joined Pizza Hut Corporation. He served in various real estate capacities with both the parent company and the franchisees until his retirement in 1995. The last position he held was National Director of Property Management.
He was a member and past president of Alvamar Country Club, and was an life-long avid golfer.
Mr. Barton married Kathleen M. Stavely on August 16, 1957. They had five children, and were divorced in 1977. On July 30, 1982, he married Mildred M. “Millie” Fuller who survives of the home.
Other survivors include his children: three daughters, Laura Cowperthwaite, Denver, Colorado, Theresa Sapp, Dallas, Texas, Buffy Barton-Davis, New York, New York; step-daughter, Carrie Taber, Lawrence, Kansas, two sons; Douglas Barton, Chicago, IL, David Barton, Wichita and 14 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his only brother, James Barton.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses, Rehabilitation and Hospice Care and sent in care of the mortuary.