SALEM - Frank "Pineapple" W. Barton Sr., 71, of Salem, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic following an illness.
He leaves his wife of 45 years, Betty (Miller) Barton; his son, Frank W. Barton Jr. and his wife, Kate, and two grandchildren, Olivia and Eleanor; his daughter, Angela (Barton) Kibler and her husband, Chris; and many close friends and family.
He was born in Manila, Philippines on Jan. 22, 1944 to parents Angelina Searles and the late Frank Barton. Surviving siblings are Frances (Searles) Wilson, Larry Searles, Linda (Searles) Kubilus, Gloria (Searles) Burmeister and Diana (Searles) Fodor.
At the age of 18, he came to the United States and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After serving a tour as a sergeant in the Vietnam War, he met the love of his life, Betty, at the bowling alley and they were married in 1970 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Salem. While working at General Motors, Frank and Betty started a family and continued to reside in Salem.
Frank had a passion for photography, historic muscle cars, firearms, and spending time with family and friends. Known as a straight shooter with a big heart, Frank's sense of humor and loyalty gained many friends and touched many lives over the years.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Perry Lodge #185 F. & A. M., the Salem Hunting Club and the UAW.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015 at St. Paul Catholic Church with Father Robert Edwards officiating. Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be at Grandview Cemetery with military honors provided by the Salem Honor Guard.
The Barton family suggests memorial contributions may be sent to the organization, which supports research for the neuromuscular disease, which affected Frank. Contributions can be sent to Kennedy's Disease Association, P. O. Box 1105, Coarsegold, California 93614-1105.