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William “Bill” Barton U.S. Veteran

November 28, 1933 - June 4, 2013

William "Bill" Barton, age 79, of St. Elizabeth, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Landmark Hospital in Columbia. He was born in Capps on November 28, 1933, son of the late James and Dora (Ahart) Barton. On November 28, 1957, in St. Elizabeth, Bill married Anna Brenneke, who survives at the home. Bill attended school in Granite City, Illinois and later graduated from St. Elizabeth High School in 1952. He served in the United States Army as a Ski Trooper in Alaska from 1955 until his honorable discharge in 1957. He was employed by MODOT for 32 years, retiring in 1996. Bill was an avid St. Louis Cardinal fan and enjoyed following his grandchildren's activities. He is also survived by seven daughters: Sandra Barnes (Jim) of Meta, Kay Johannpeter (Dennis Higgins) of Jefferson City, Carla Otto (Tim) of St. Elizabeth, Julie Kampeter (Tom) of Wardsville, Sherry Reeves (Wayne) of St. Elizabeth, Jackie Twehus (Jeff) of Jefferson City, and Vicki Kemna (Brian) of Ashland; one son-in-law: Walter Johannpeter of Russellville; 12 grandchildren: Josh Johannpeter and fiancÈe Jeanine O'Toole, Haley Johannpeter, Lindsey Otto and fiancÈ Josh Evers, Amy Otto, Adam Kampeter, Jacob Kampeter, Sara Massman (Chad), William Reeves (Kailey), Emily Reeves, Brock Twehus, Owen Kemna, and Grace Kemna; one great-grandchild: Madeline Evers, and one due in October; two sisters: Amy Morris (Verne) of Beaufort and Elaine Perkins (Herb) of Iberia; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Barton and Barry Barton; two sisters, Doris Barton and June Barton; and one brother-in-law, Tom Farrow. Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2013, at the St. Elizabeth Community Center. Interment with military honors will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery in St. Elizabeth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at the St. Elizabeth Community Center. Memorial contributions are suggested to Capps Cemetery or the American Heart Association. Arrangements are under the direction of Fancher-Rekus Funeral Home in St. Elizabeth. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.fancher-rekusfuneralhomes.com.

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