Barton Deiters
1965 - 2021
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Deiters, Barton 2/22/1965 - 4/16/2021 Barton John Deiters, 56, of Wyoming, passed away on April 16, 2021, as he lived, fighting for what mattered most -- his family. It ended a months-long battle with West Nile virus encephalitis. Barton was first a husband and father, for which he should be most remembered. He was also a life-long journalist, at the Wyoming Advance, at The Grand Rapids Press and, finally, at WOOD TV, where he gained a cult following. He wasn't your typical TV reporter, often sporting a suit with Converse Chuck Taylors, Clark Kent glasses and a wry smile. As a journalist, he earned a reputation as a keen observer drawn to the plight of the underdog. Barton was well-acquainted with the fragility of life. After 10 years of waiting on the transplant list, he received the gift of life in 2012 in the form of a new liver - on of all days - Halloween. It was already his favorite holiday. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of nearly 29 years, Lorena; children, Harrison and Sophia; brothers and sisters: Ronald (Mary) Deiters, George Angus, Barbara (William) Vining; many nieces and nephews, including Missy (Michael McAulay) Angus. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Violet Deiters; brother, Robert Angus; sister, Wendy Sue Fleming. A celebration of Bart's life will be held at a later date. A private family graveside service will be held. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to Gift of Life of Michigan. Condolences may be sent online at www.mkdfuneralhome.com


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Published in Grand Rapids Press from Apr. 17 to Apr. 18, 2021.
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April 19, 2021
My condolences to his wife and family. He will be missed.
Beatrice Castro
April 19, 2021
We will miss your smiling face Barton on channel 8.
Cooper Family
April 18, 2021
Enjoyed Barton’s court coverage while he was at GR Press. Always spot on and insightful. Then enjoyed his on-air presence on WOOD-TV8. Will miss his quirky yet accurate delivery. As a journalist myself, he was wonderful example of truth combined with personality! My condolences to his wife and children. RIP, Barton...you will be missed. By someone you never met.
Geraldine Wesorick
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
Even though we never met Barton personally, we feel like he was part of our family. I often told my wife that if we were ever to be interviewed for a news story, it would have to be with Barton. We loved his offbeat sense of humor (very much like mine) and really enjoyed his news reports. We will greatly miss him.
Alan & Gale Simon
April 18, 2021
Dear family and loved ones of Barton, Deepest sympathy and prayers for you as you transition to life in the absence of Barton. He touched our lives in many positive ways, we thank God for his life. Jerry and Diane Beattie Holton, MI
Jerry & Diane Beattie
Acquaintance
April 18, 2021
Barton was a common man's reporter, very knowledgeable and professional and yet so down to earth. He would ask the tough questions everyone wanted answers to, maybe even knowing there was not an answer. However, he wanted to just give the person he interviewed an opportunity to respond for his readers and viewers. When the was no easy answer, his sharp mind and intellect would come back with a slightly different question that would get the answer he was looking for. He was well respected and one of the local favorites for his style, personableness and his comfortable approach to doing his job. He always protected his sources and left time for casual friendly chat, when his primary interview cause was complete. While he had some tough challenges in life, he always seemed happy to be alive and working hard to do his best. Barton was a true local treasure that will be greatly missed and I wish all his family the best as they mourn his loss and celebrate his life. His legacy will live on to those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Roger Haynes
Friend
April 17, 2021
You were my favorite reporter, Barton. We'll miss you.
Jesse
April 17, 2021
Shocked. Barton was the highlight of News 8. Very sorry for your loss!
Pam
April 17, 2021
Always enjoyed his news reports. What strength and courage he had. I am sure his family is very proud of him. Remember the good times, they will live forever.
Ann E Tarr
April 17, 2021
Lorena,
You & Bart are in our hearts and our prayers. All of us at Printech loved both of you and are heart broken. Please know we are all here anytime you need us.
Jill Childs
Friend
April 17, 2021
He was a fun, exciting reporter. Thanks for sharing him with us!
Carol
April 17, 2021
He is resting high on his mountain watching over his family. He is now the newest journalist in heaven. RIP
Brenda
April 17, 2021
Your grace be praised my prayers and deepest sympathies to Bart's family and friends He surely will be missed
Cruzmarie Ortega
Acquaintance
April 17, 2021
Oh No, I have followed his Story on this. My Condolences to the Family.
May he RIP and no more pain . Was so hoping he would bounce back .
RIP now, no more pain .
Sue Willard
Gr . Mich .
April 17, 2021
I have such wonderful memories of Bart our family’s went to wealthy St., Baptist Church together. So sorry to the family for your loss, but know without a shadow of a doubt we will meet again!
Lanny Stanard
Friend
April 17, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
DonnaTomasik
Acquaintance
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