STREATOR- Max E. Barton 101 of Streator died Monday afternoon (July 30, 2018) at Heritage Health, Streator.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday at Christ Episcopal Church, Streator. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 AM Friday at Christ Episcopal Church. Burial with full military rites conducted by members of the American Legion Post # 217 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1492 will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery, Streator. Solon-Telford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Barton was born July 12, 1917 in Streator the son of George and Edna (Allen) Barton. He married Sara Funk, August 9, 1941 at the Grace Episcopal Church, Pontiac. She preceded him in death January 15, 2005.
Max was the oldest member of Christ Episcopal Church, Streator. He had been employed at Owens-Illinois Glass Co., Streator, for 40 years prior to his retirement in 1980. He was a member of the Eagles, United Commercial Travelers, and the Streatorland Historical Society and was a Life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 1492, Streator. He was a Red Cross Blood donor for many years and had served on the board of directors of Streator Onized Credit Union. Max enjoyed bowling and playing both baseball and softball, and had played for the Streator Reds and Owens baseball teams. He coached Pony and Little League teams. He was an accomplished painter and wood carver as well as an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He spent many summers in Minnesota fishing.
Max attended Streator Grade Schools and was a graduate of Streator High School, class of 1937.
He was a veteran of WWII serving in the US Army Air Corps 193 Ordinance Co. with Fifth Air Force from 1943 to 1946 serving in the United States, Australia, New Guinea and the Dutch East Indies.
He is survived by nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a son in infancy, sisters Mary Blakemore and Vivian Barth, brothers, Vernon, Carl and Dale Barton.
Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church or Peoria Honor Flight.
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