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Horace Barton

July 6, 1921-Jan. 17, 2010

Former Council Bluffs, Iowa resident Horace A. "Bart" Barton, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, January 17, 2010 at St. Mary's Innovis Health-Oak Crossing in Detroit Lakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Horace Barton was born to Benjamin and Myrtle (Winn) Barton on July 6, 1921 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he grew up and received his education, graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1939. While in high school he served as the class photographer. He then started a career with United Airlines as a radio operator.

On October 25, 1942 he was united in marriage to Lucile Tinnel in Council Bluffs. Over the years he worked for United Airlines in Omaha, Chicago, and Denver, retiring after 35 years of service. He moved to Detroit Lakes in 2008.

Horace was a very kind, gentle, soft spoken person who always put others' needs before his. He enjoyed photography and fishing. He was also a self-taught ham radio operator. His other hobbies included photographing airplanes and working on model airplanes. He was very active in Eastern Star, serving as Past Patron of Washington Park No. 126 and Grand Soloist of the State of Colorado. He was also a lifetime member of the Masons.

Surviving Horace are two daughters, Judi Barton of Detroit Lakes and Cheryl (Dan) Howland of Park Rapids; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and one sister, Martha (Ted) Hartman of Big Sur, Calif.

Preceding him in death were his parents; wife, Lucile; and great grandson, Brandon Murphy.

A memorial service is set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 21 at Diamond Willow Assisted Living in Detroit Lakes. There will be visitation for one hour before the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley. Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes (