Claude Alexander Barton Sr.
Claude Alexander Barton, Sr., 82, of Newburgh, Ind., passed peacefully on to his Lord and Savior in the evening of Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at St. Mary's Medical Center.
Claude's life was full of happiness, joy, and a beautiful family whom he loved dearly. He was a graduate of Central High School's Class of 1949. Even as a young boy delivering newspapers, Claude loved to stay busy and work; he learned many different skills over his career and sustained an amazing work ethic. He found his professional calling in management at Alcoa, where he remained until retirement in 1993. Claude was a faithful servant of God and found a spiritual home as an elder alongside other devoted members of Rapha Christian Centre in Evansville, Ind. He was a teacher by nature, and always took ample time to explain things to those who wanted to learn. Whether he greeted you each Sunday morning, helped you work on a broken vehicle, hugged you, held your hand, or simply flashed you his sincere, warm, upside-down smile, you knew you were in the presence of a great man. Claude loved to travel and camp. He loved the mountains of Tennessee, the beaches of Florida, and spent countless weekends and summers at Kentucky Lake.
His parents, Virgil and Cuba (Johnson) Barton, along with two sisters and one brother were awaiting his arrival in Heaven.
Claude met and immediately fell in love with Ruth (Brown) at the young age of 17. They married in 1950 and just recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. Claude and Ruth settled in Newburgh and raised five wonderful, kind-hearted, and amazing children. Carrying on their father's incredible legacy are sons, Alex Barton, of Newburgh, Ind., Tony Barton, of Evansville, Ind., James Barton, of Newburgh, Ind.; and daughters, Tracy (Roger) Kenney, of Newburgh, Ind., and Vickie (Terry) Wilson, of Haubstadt, Ind. Claude was not only devoutly involved in the lives of his children, but also his two granddaughters, Krista (Jeff) Wedding, of Newburgh, Ind., and Sarah Barton, of Oakland City, Ind. Additional joy was introduced into his life with the arrival of great-grandchildren, Maggie and AJ Wedding; and Zach and Lillian Thompson. Claude was the backbone and strength of his family; he ensured that everyone appreciated the value of hard work, determination, faith in God, remaining grateful, and living each and every moment to the fullest.
Claude is also survived by four sisters, Betty Hodges, of Bradenton, Fla., Esther Barton, of Sturgis, Mich., Beverly Lefler, of Evansville, Ind., and Pam (Sam) Flanigan, of Colo, Iowa; and nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service to honor Claude and celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 2014 at Rapha Christian Centre, 940 St. Michaels Boulevard, Evansville, Indiana 47715 with Pastor Joe Turnbloom and Pastor Jim Webb officiating. Burial will be Private.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rapha Christian Centre.
Boone Funeral Home East Chapel-A Family Tradition Funeral Home - 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville will be handling the arrangements.
Condolences may be made to the family online at boonefuneralhome.net
Boone Funeral Home - Evansville
5330 Washington Avenue
Evansville, IN 47715
Published in Courier Press on Aug. 16, 2014