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Saturday, March 25, 2017
6:00 to 8:00 pm
Lion's Shelter
507 13th Ave SW,
Altoona, IA 50009


Saturday, March 25, 2017
6:00 pm
Celebration of Life from 6:00 - 8:00 pm


Hamilton's Crematory
Des Moines, Iowa


Hamilton's Altoona Funeral Home
105 Fourth Street SW
Altoona, Iowa 50009
(515) 967-4272

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Tom Barton


Tom Barton, 61, passed away on March 18, 2017 at Taylor House Hospice from esophageal cancer. He was born March 25, 1955 in Des Moines to Robert and Pat (Cavender) Barton.

Tom was a mechanic and worked at Firestone in Pleasant Hill for the past 10 years. He was a lifelong and devoted Packers fan. Tom enjoyed fishing, riding his Harley and especially being with his family.

He is survived by his daughters, Lacey Barton and Keelee (fiancé Jake Ensor) Barton; son, Jared (Lisa) McCormick; grandchildren, Aaron, Jasmine, Shane, Canyon and Nicole; great-granddaughter, Mariona; siblings, Chuck (Sandra) Barton, Christy (Chris) Schuling, Karen Middleton and Kim Sigmund; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents.

A celebration of life will take place from 6:00 - 8:00 pm on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Lion's Shelter, 507 13th Ave SW., Altoona.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Tom.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.