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Mr. Jerome “Joe” Barton, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. He grew up in New Jersey and was a 1938 graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School. Joe played football and held several part-time jobs which included delivering newspapers, delivering groceries, and helping his dad with his lobster boat. Some could also say that he was a prohibition employee. Joe proudly served his country during WWII in the US Navy where he learned his life-long trade as a skilled electrician. Early in life, he considered becoming a priest because the Catholic faith had been such an important part of his life. After moving to Michigan in 1950, Joe worked at Diesel Equipment, General Motors, until his retirement in 1984. It was there that he met his sweetheart, Marjorie who later became his wife. Since Joe had previously lived in Red Bank, New Jersey, folks from Michigan just loved hearing his Jersey accent. His home in the country provided Joe with the opportunity to garden (which the deer and raccoons liked), care for his lawn, and time to sit back and enjoy God’s creation of nature. For many years Joe was an usher and Sacristan at St. Margaret Catholic Church of Scotland.

He is survived by his children, Kenneth R. and Brenda Lopez of Rockford, Michael J. Barton of Houston, TX, and Patrick J. and Carrie Barton of Cedar Springs; 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; his sister, Mrs. Lorraine Craft; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, the love of his life, Marjorie J. Barton on January 23, 2001, and his brothers, Warren and Kenneth.

Memorials: Those planning an expression are asked to consider Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave., SE, Ada, MI 49301.

Church: St. Margaret's Catholic Church