Oct. 18, 1967-June 25, 2020
Bernard (Bernie) K. Barton Jr. passed away on June 25, 2020. He was born October 18, 1967, in Butte, Montana, and joined the Barton family with his dad, Bernard K. Sr., mother, Mary K., and sister, Kimberly, in Libby, MT.
In 1971, Bernie’s dad was transferred to Deer Lodge with the Montana Highway Patrol where he completed his schooling in Powell County, graduating in 1987. While in school, Bernie was President of his FFA Chapter and 4-H club, and was always proud of coming home with his accomplishments. He joined the Navy Reserve and attended boot camp during his junior and senior year. He also received his private pilot’s license during this time. After graduation, Bernie attended Aircraft Mechanics School, in Helena, where he met his future wife, Kathy Knoles, who was attending Nurses Training. They were married in 1989. They have a son, Gregory, from this union. While residing in Helena, Bernie worked at the Lewis & Clark County Sheriff’s office as a Detention Officer and a Reserve Deputy. Bernie and Kathy moved to Deer Lodge in 1996, where he worked at the Powell County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy and at the Browns School until its closing. Bernie attended Rocky Mountain Bible Mission, where became a Pastor and ministered at a church in Wolf Creek. He also managed the Northern Energy Plant in Helena. Bernie took a disability retirement after being diagnosed with Primary Progressive MS. His passions were flying, hiking, camping, kayaking, scuba diving, hunting, and doing things with his family.
Bernie was preceded in death by his mother, Mary K. Barton; grandparents, Lester and Alma Barton, and Clarence and Mary Burton.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy; son, Gregory (Tiko); grandchildren, Teddy and Samari of Helena; his parents, Bernard and Marion Barton of Deer Lodge; sister, Kim (Matt) Griffin of Prineville, Oregon; stepbrother, Jim (Alissa) Yaskulski of Great Falls; and stepsister, Suzann (Chris) Smaldone of Port St. Lucie, Florida. He had many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews; a special friend, Leona Lombard; and his loving dog, “Oakley”. Donations may be Zade to the Powell County Medical Foundation Playground or the donors’ choice. A gathering time to remember Bernie will be planned for a later date.
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