Clarence Walter Barton, a 77-year resident of Colville, passed away on August 22, 2012 at the age of 94. Clarence was born July 14, 1918 in Oelrichs, South Dakota, the seventh of 12 children born to George and Anna Barton.
In 1935, Clarence moved with his family to the Colville area. Nine years later, on July 21, 1944 he joined the United States Army. He had an active part in the South Philippians Campaign, including the Mindanao Beach invasion. Clarence also drove a jeep around Hiroshima only two months after the nuclear attack. Even with his exposure to the radiation, he still lived to be 94.
Clarence was honorably discharged on August 14, 1946 with an Army of Occupation medal, bronze service arrowhead, Philippine Liberation service medal with one bronze service star, Asiatic service medal, Good Conduct medal and a Victory medal. After returning home to the Colville valley, he farmed and worked in sawmills for 42 years.
On Dec. 25, 1959, Clarence married Grace Hooks. Grace passed away in 1982 and on August 7, 1983 he married Lucile Lintecum. He continued farming even after retirement (until around 1993).
Clarence had a great love for his family and friends. He also spent lots of time with his dogs and horses. He and Lucile were the Grand Marshallâ€™s for the PRCA Rodeo in 2004 where they astounded the crowds with their remarkable horsemanship. Over the years, Clarence and Lucile traveled extensively, including trips to New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, The Yukon Territory, The Panama Canal, Hawaii and across America. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by his wife, Lucile; sisters, Elsie Day, Loretta McBreen and Lila Richardson; two step-daughters, Patti Stimpson and husband, Edgar â€śBud;â€ť Carol Riese and husband, Gary; step-grandchildren, Belinda Herrin and husband, Joe; Charles Bail and wife, Erin; step-great-grandchildren, Audrey and Marina Herrin; Adaline and Elsie Bail, also step-grandchildren, Rachel Riese, Garylene Wolf and Gary Riese Jr.; step-great-grandson, Arthur Riese Freeman and many, nieces and nephews.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and by nine siblings.
A graveside service for Mr. Barton will be held 11 a.m., Thursday, August 30 at Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville. A potluck will follow at the Colville Eagles Lodge.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Colville Community Senior Center, P.O. Box 29 Colville, WA 99114.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Danekas Funeral Chapel & Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.