Arlin John Barto
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Arlin John Barton, 92, of Russellville, Kentucky, passed away on June 13, 2014. He was a loyal and devoted husband, a nurturing father and grandfather, and committed member of the United Methodist Temple. As a soil scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for 37 years, he walked many miles of Kentucky farm land, analyzing soils and helping create soil maps of several Kentucky counties. After retirement, he was a USDA volunteer for 20 years and donated over 11,000 hours as an Earth Team Volunteer to continue his work of protecting our natural resources. He had a life-long passion for gardening and woodworking.

He was born on May 29, 1922, to Walter and Nellia Barton and grew up in Walker County, Alabama, with three brothers and one sister. At an early age, he went to the Berea Foundation School in Berea, Kentucky, to further his education. He was a member of the 2nd Marine Division during WWII and proudly served his country in the Pacific Theater. After the war, he married Louise Black, also from Walker County, returned to Berea and earned his college degree. He was blessed by two marriages.

He was predeceased by Francis Louise Black Barton, his wife of 40 years; and Zora Nell Ragland Apple Barton, his second wife of 25 years; his brothers, Harley, Daniel and Travis Oniel; and his sister, Myrtle.

He is survived by his daughter, Jane Barton Doehnert and her husband, David, of Louisville, Kentucky; his son, Michael Barton and his wife, Kathy, of Zionsville, Indiana; and Nell’s daughter, Susan Apple Fox and her husband, Brian, of Russellville, Kentucky; and by his grandchildren, Kristin Doehnert Carter, Kendra Doehnert Klapheke, Kate Barton, Courtney Barton, Tyler Barton, Sarah Fox, Jeffrey Fox and Jason Fox; his great-grandchildren, Jackson Carter and Carmen Klapheke; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 21, at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Temple in Russeville, Kentucky.

Interment will be in Walker Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Gary Cordes will lead a graveside service at 3 p.m. Monday, June 23, 2014.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the United Methodist Temple, 395 South Main Street, Russellville, KY 42276 or Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.

Young Funeral Home, Russellville, Kentucky; 270-726-4150