Beloved Geneva Coach John Barton Dies at 71
Geneva teacher and coach John Barton, inducted into the Geneva High School Athletic Hall of Fame, dies after a long battle with cancer. Visitation and funeral are Tuesday at Malone Funeral Home.
Longtime Geneva High School coach John R. Barton, 71, of Geneva died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Delnor Hospital surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.
He was born May 30, 1941, in Chicago, the son of Leo and Esther (Elmhorst) Barton.
John was a graduate of Proviso East High School and Southern Illinois University. He was a dedicated educator at Geneva Community High School for 27 years. He was a former athlete, devoted coach and an avid sports enthusiast. John enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a loyal friend, mentor and supporter to all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Valerie (Reilly); children Jeff Barton of Lisle, Scott (Mary Kay) Barton of Evanston and Lauren (Jeff) Habes-Wojcik of Chicago; grandchildren Jack and Spencer Barton and Mia and Paige Wojcik; sister Lillian (Roger) Sargent of Naperville. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, at the Malone Funeral Home, 324 East State St., (Route 38) Geneva.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. Tuesday until the time of the service.
Interment will be private.
Memorials to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC, 27513 would be appreciated.
For more information, call the funeral home at 630-232-8233.
SOURCE: Malone Funeral Home