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C.T. Barton

February 16, 1920 - December 7, 2018


On December 7th, 2018, Chesley Taze (C.T.) Barton of Salem, Oregon, passed peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, a few months prior to his 99th birthday. He was born in a small town in Oklahoma in 1920. At age 14 he went to work to help support his family following the Great Depression.  When World War II began, he enlisted in the Army, trained at Camp Adair near Corvallis, Oregon and attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.  He was stationed for a time in the Panama Canal Zone, where he survived a bout of Malaria. He was sent to Europe in the early 1940’s, trained as a “booby trap explosive” detonator, and survived the front lines “fox holes”.  He was among the troops that liberated France during the war, and that liberated the Nordhausen Concentration Camp at the end of the war.  After the war ended he settled in Salem, earned a business degree from Merritt Davis Business College, met and married a war widow and adopted her two-year-old son, whom he raised along with the three daughters that came along in the ensuing years. He worked for a time as an office manager and was a mutual funds sales agent as he built his 50+ year career as an advertising specialty sales representative, a job he truly loved and worked at until the past few years as dementia began to take a toll. Most importantly to him, he was a man of faith and faithfully served as an elder for the Salem Bible Students for many years. He was an anchor for his family and a faithful friend to many.
 
His parents, E.C. and Becky Barton, two of his three sisters Yonnie and Mozelle, his first wife Helen and son Tom, preceded him in death.  He is survived and will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Barbara, three daughters, Joan, Jill and Joy, step-children, Carrie, David and Jeff and his sister, Clodell. He was deeply loved, admired and respected by each of his 20 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren, and one great great grandson, as well as the many supportive family spouses.
 
We will celebrate his life, February 16th, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Home, 605 Commercial Street SE, Salem, Oregon.
 

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Rest in peace. My thoughts are with your entire family



Thanks, Taze. It's been an honor to know you. You have an amazing family and had an amazing life. I say thanks to the Lord almost every day for having your beautiful family in my life. God bless



My Uncle Taze was the best! I was born on his birthday and we always had a special bond. He would visit often and secretly pass a few dollar bills to me and say, "You're my special gal! Don't tell the others about this." He was always so very kind and loving. When I was old enough to know about his life and service, I felt so lucky that he was my uncle. I will forever be thankful for his service to our beautiful country. I will forever be thankful for his love for my grandma, his sister, Yonnie. Most of all, I will forever cherish the special memories I have of visits with him and his loving, kind heart. Rest in Peace, my dear sweet Uncle Taze. I love you! See you in heaven...