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Herald M. Barton, 97

Herald Marvin Barton, age 97, of Silver Lake, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at his home.

He was born July 2, 1914, in Silver Lake, the son of Joseph H. and Katherine (Pipal) Barton. Herald was baptized as an infant Sept. 6, 1914, by the Rev. Edmund Wrbitzky; confirmed in his faith as a youth; and later served as elder in the Silver Lake Congregational Church.

Herald attended District 27, Silver Lake Public School, and later graduated from the University Of Minnesota School Of Agriculture in 1934.

He entered active military service in the US Army July 15, 1942, and served his country during World War II. He was stationed at several army bases as a cook, along with his brother, Dan. Herald also was in charge of rations for 3,000 German prisoners in Louisiana. He received an honorable discharge Dec. 19, 1945.

Herald was united in marriage to Beatrice Marie Urban June 25, 1941, in Holdingford, MN. This marriage was blessed with three sons, William, Robert and Barry.

Herald and Beatrice resided in Silver Lake until 1951, when they moved to Beatrice’s home farm in Hale Township, McLeod County. They shared 65 years of marriage until Beatrice passed away Dec. 25, 2006.

Herald’s uncle, Frank Barton, started a hatchery in the basement of his home in 1928, which later became known as the Silver Lake Hatchery. Herald began working with his uncle in the hatchery and took over the business after Frank passed away in 1938. He continued to expand the Silver Lake Hatchery and breeding farm, where they propagated parent stock for the Shaver Starcross 288 Leghorns. In 1939, Herald also opened an International Harvester Implement Store in Silver Lake.

In 1948, Herald began farming on Beatrice’s home farm. Of all of his occupations, farming was his first and foremost enjoyment. Years later, while combining corn, he would notice too many cobs breaking off and falling on the ground. This led him to invent the Corn Shield in 1991.

Herald was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hutchinson. He was also a member of the Silver Lake American Legion Post 141 for 67 years, and held offices in the Minnesota Poultry Hatchery Association, and served on the Minnesota Poultry Improvement Board under three governors.

Herald and Beatrice enjoyed many fishing trips to Canada, Many Point, and locally, to Lake Koronis. Herald especially enjoyed a 1975 trip to Alaska and the many winters that he and Beatrice spent being “snowbirds” in Mission, TX. Herald also enjoyed watching “RFD TV” and “Wheel of Fortune,” church services, listening to old time music, and photography. He especially loved the time he spent with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Herald would most want to be remembered for believing in a positive attitude and sharing it with others, which came from his faith in Jesus Christ.

He is survived by his sons, William Barton of Hutchinson, Robert Barton of Sioux Falls, SD, and Barry Barton and his wife, Sharon of Hutchinson; grandchildren Eve Lee, Katie Rehmann, Paul Barton, Michael Barton, Lisa Cleveland, David Barton, Amy Barton, and Anna Barton; and great-grandchildren Mitchel Cleveland, Joey Cleveland, Carter Barton, Trevor Barton, Josiah Rehmann, Isabel Rehmann, Elias Rehmann, Alison Rehmann, Gabriella Lee, Mathias Lee, Lola Barton, Violet Barton, Liam Barton, Leila Barton, Leighton Barton, and Lainey Barton.

Herald is further survived by a sister, Carol Chambard of Santa Maria, CA; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife, Beatrice, Herald was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph H. and Katherine Barton; great-granddaughter Ava Barton; a brother, Dan Barton and his wife, Mildred; brother-in-law Wendell Chambard; and grandson-in-law, Aaron Lee.

Funeral services took place Monday, Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Hutchinson, with Pastor Brian Brosz officiating. Music was provided by organist Pearl Seale; and soloist Pastor Brian Brosz, who sang “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Ten Thousand Years,” accompanied by Sharon Barton. Special music was also provided by Elmer Howe on accordion, and Pastor Brian Brosz on guitar, “Silent Night.” Congregational hymns were “Just As I Am” and “How Great Thou Art.” Reader was Mark Rivers. Interment was in the Congregational Church Cemetery in Silver Lake with military honors provided by Silver Lake American Legion Post 141.

Casket bearers were Eve Lee, Katie Rehmann, Paul Barton, Michael Barton, Josiah Rehmann, David Barton, Amy Barton, and Anna Barton

Arrangements were by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.