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Dale Barton Osceola

Dale Barton, 90, of Osceola died March 15, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 21, at Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St. The Rev. Dr. Al Adams will officiate. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Open visitation will be until 8 p.m. today with family present 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to Woodburn Christian Church. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Dale Eugene Barton, son of Helen Eulalie (Sanders) and John Dale Barton, was born Aug. 20, 1923, in Osceola.

Gene attended high school in Brighton, Colo. He left school to join the United States Army before World War II. During the war, he served in Iceland and England and was with the 5th Army from the invasion of France to the German surrender in 1945. He attained the rank of corporal.

On Feb. 2, 1946, Dale married Joanne Eugenia Robins in Seneca, Kan.

After leaving Osceola in 1948, Dale and Joanne lived in various places in Colorado, California, Arizona and New Mexico.

Dale worked as a long-line truck driver for Yellow Freight for 30 years.

In 1973, the National Safety Council named Dale New Mexico Driver of the Year for more than one million miles of accident-free driving.

Gene and Joanne retired back to Osceola in 1983.

Dale is survived by his wife Joanne of Osceola; daughters, Rita Kay (Richard) Hertel of Fremont, Calif., and Elizabeth Anne Akard of Arvada, Colo.; grandchildren, R. Gene Hertel (Michelle), Renee Leslie Hertel Chua (Bryan), Christopher James Akard (Tiffany), Patrick James Akard (Sarah) and Matthew James Akard (Yari); and 13 great-grandchildren. 

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, sister Helen Lorene Slimmer; son James Eugene Barton, who died serving in Vietnam; aunts, Glida Kerns, Verna Westbrook, Violet McDonnell, Ruby Strohmeier and Winona Riley; and uncles, Dan, Bernard and Orville Sanders.

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