Barton LaCrosse

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Barton G. LaCrosse

1934 - 2013

Barton G. LaCrosse, 79, of Wilton, Ia., died on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Trinity Hospital, Muscatine, Ia.

Bart was born June 4, 1934, to Arthur and Helene (Kautz) LaCrosse in Kenosha, Wis. Bart graduated from Kenosha High School and attended the University of Iowa. He married Carol Duffe Kuelper on July 8, 1956, in Wilton. She preceded him in death on May 18, 2006.

He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1942 to 1946. Bart was employed by Eastern Iowa Light and Power Cooperative for 25 1/2 years.

He was a member of Grace United Church of Christ in Wilton and the Wilton Historical Society. He served on the Wilton Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years and was a Boy Scout leader for 21 years. He was a member of the Wilton American Legion # 584 and the Wilton Masonic Lodge #167 AF & AM. Bart served on the board of Leland Smith Assisted Living and Simpson Memorial Home.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, from 4-7 p.m., at Bentley Funeral Home, Wilton, IA. Additional visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at Grace United Church of Christ, Wilton, IA.

A Masonic service conducted by the Wilton Masonic Lodge # 167 AF & AM on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grace United Church of Christ, Wilton, IA, funeral services will follow conducted by Pastor Patrick Slessor.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mark Latta, Kenneth Lincoln, Joe Bearden, Joe Masseth, Jeff Kaufmann and Orville Elmshaeuser. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Corigan Bearden.

Interment will take place at the Oakdale Cemetery, Wilton, IA with military honors conducted by the Wilton American Legion.

Bart is survived and lovingly remembered by his daughter, Susan and her husband, Joe Bearden of Sanger, Tex.; his son, Randall LaCrosse of Hudson, Fla.; his six granddaughters, Angela and her husband, Larry Pryor of The Colony, Tex.; Sarah and her husband Ed Martin of Northport, Ala., Jessica Bearden of Sanger, Tex., Deanna, Joanna, and Gina LaCrosse of Hudson, Fla.; his five great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Corigan, Grayson, Cayden, and Aubrey; and his sister, Diane Mannel of Barrington, Ill.; and his twin sister, Barbara Lourigan of Wilton, Ia. He is also survived by his special lady friend Beverly Dillaplain.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his brother and sister-in-law Kenneth and Loretta LaCrosse, and his brothers-in-law Tom Lourigan and Bob Mannel.

Memorial donations may be made to Grace United Church of Christ in his memory. Online remembrances and condolences may be left at

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Bentley Funeral Home - Wilton
302 W 5th Street
Wilton, IA 52778
(563) 732-2272
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