Longtime Geneva High School coach John R. Barton, 71, of Geneva died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at 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 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 , 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