William “Bill” Kent Barton, 78, passed away 7th Oct 2023.  Bill was a resident of CO since 1983. He served three years in the army as a communication specialist in Vietnam and Germany, changing careers to become a Mechanical Engineer for the Air Force Academy, retiring in 2008. He held a PE License and a Certified Energy Management license. 

Bill was born 3 Apr 1945 to Bruce and Josephine (Sanders) Barton in Wichita, KS. On 5 Sept 1970 he married Linda Mattson in Wichita, KS

Bill enjoyed woodworking, woodcarving, fishing, spending time at the family cabin, and golfing.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Linda; his brother, Edward; six adopted grandchildren: Sara, Emily, Elizabeth, Antero, Erik and Kristine; and three great-grandchildren: Myron, Alora and Declan who will dearly miss their Opa.  He is also survived by 2 nieces and 3 nephews, 2 great-nieces, 10 great-nephews, and 2 great-great-nephews.  

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 pm on December 19, at Shrine of Remembrance, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO. 

Interment will be arranged after service in Wichita, Kansas.  Flowers and arrangements are encouraged.  Please no potted plants.

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  1. Bill was a colleague of mine (Frank Blankinship)for my time at the Academy. Bill always did his very best as a engineer, manager and a friend. Bill was a pioneer in bringing the academys mechanical systems into the 21st century and would always listen to suggestions from his fellow workers. Bill will be missed especially by me.

    1. Frank, I was so happy to see your comments… Did you make it to the funeral? I noticed there were two or three men that I didn’t recognize that left before I could get to them to greet them… Maybe one of them was you… There were about 10 men and women from C.E. that came… You can contact Sharon Gann or Dave Mine to get my phone number and address so we can keep in touch…

  2. Sending my thoughts and prayers to my cousin Linda on the loss of her husband Bill. I didn’t get to see them very much but I missed seeing them. Love you Linda!

  3. We were so sad to hear of Bill’s passing. What a kind and loving man he was! My husband’s parents had the privilege of being very close neighbors to Bill and Linda when they all lived at Cheyenne Place. His health was failing by then, but he stayed a gentleman throughout all the hardships of aging. We were so glad to know him and his dear wife, Linda. We pray that Linda will sense God’s presence during this time of missing Bill so greatly.

  4. Uncle Bill you will be missed. The best uncle I ever had. I know I’ll see you again. Love to Aunt Linda for being amazing. Love you both.

  5. I met Bill and Linda at Cheyenne Place in Colorado Springs. I remember Bill as being kind and friendly and I’m glad to have known him. A group of us played putt-putt golf once a week and he was very good at it. Won most of the time. Linda took very good care of Bill when he got ill and I am very deeply sorry for her loss. Bless you Linda for being the good person that you are.

  6. Bill was our neighbor and friend for many years in Monument. We will remember his pleasant nature, willingness to give a hand in the neighborhood and the community. We will miss him.
    Our love to Linda as you navigate a life forward.
    Bill and Carmella and family

  7. Opa will be dearly missed by our family. He and Oma came into our lives 30 years ago and adopted my six children as their grandchildren. From participating in grandparents day at their elementary schools, to helping them achieve their Eagle Scout, GS Gold and the Stars and Stripes award, to participating in their weddings as they grew up – he was always a hands on grandpa. He taught his grands so much, from golfing to building coyote dens, from laying wooden floors to laying brick pathways. His love for them and the memories he created with them will always be treasured. Until we meet again, love you Opa!

  8. Bill was such a beautiful soul! I am blessed to have known him! We wish the whole world was filled with Bill Bartons!! What a wonderful world that would be!
    Love and beautiful memories to you Linda and May you rest in peace Billy! Love, The Lovato Family

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