Lt. Barton Conchar (Sept. 21, 1918 – March 28, 2014) USNR was peacefully called to duty in the Lord's fleet on March 28, 2014 in his 95th year. Born in the final days of World War I in Springfield, Mass., to Belden and Mildred Conchar, Barton was to spend most of his youth growing up in Millburn, N.J. He was active in many sports, including football and most importantly golf, a passion that he was able to enjoy for almost 70 years. He also developed a love for flight and was awarded his pilot's license in 1938.
While the clouds of war were looming in Europe, Barton was completing his engineering degree at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and became an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was called to active duty after Pearl Harbor and, like his brother Donald, he served in the Pacific theatre of operations for the duration of World War II
as executive officer aboard the USS San Bernardino. Barton was honorably released from the active Navy in 1946, but was to remain in the Naval Reserve until 1955. For the remainder of his life, Barton felt a special kinship to all veterans, especially those young men and women now returning from war.
After the war, Barton returned to New Jersey and for the next four decades was active in the aviation, cold storage and medical supply business. He was especially proud of his many years associated with the Boy Scouts of America. After retirement in 1990, Barton knew that living in Florida would allow him to indulge his passion for golf year-round, and Inverness became his new home. He was a longtime member of the Inverness Golf and Country Club and could be found most days on the links with a smile and his clubs.
In his later years, his circle of friends grew to include those of his daughter, Patty. His social events were attended by not only his friends, but also his daughters' and granddaughters' friends, as well. His sense of humor and humility, along with his twinkling blue eyes, made him the center of attention, and he was always willing to provide wise, mature counsel from those who sought it.
Barton was predeceased by his wife, love of his life and golfing partner Marilyn (2005) and brother Donald (2002). He is survived by his daughter Patricia Grumbling and granddaughter Mallory (Inverness, Fla.); and son Barton, wife Theresa and granddaughter Krista
Conchar-Haynes (Harpers Ferry, W.Va.)
The family wishes to thank the doctors and staff of Munro Regional Hospital, Ocala, Hospice of Citrus County and especially the staff of New Horizons ALF in Inverness for their care and support.
Internment with military honors will take place at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, his family asks friends to consider a donation to the Hospice of Citrus County. Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home With Crematory is assisting the family.