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Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee

Excerpt from Hall of Fame Induction ProgramJohn R. Barton
South High School Class of 1954


John Barton was born to Raymond and Blanche (Cremean) Barton on June 23, 1936, in Lima, Ohio. He was a 1954 graduate of South High School where he had played both basketball and baseball. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1959 and was awarded his Master's Degree from The University of Dayton in 1974.

John began his 36 years of service to the Lima City Schools by teaching and coaching in 1959 at Central Junior High School. Then in 1968 he began to teach and coach at West Junior High School. In 1973 John became the home-school coordinator at South Junior High School and later became counselor at North Junior High School in 1977. To end his service to the Lima Schools John became Assistant Principal at South Junior High School from 1978-1994. Also, for over 25 years he worked as a Teacher-Probation Officer for the Allen County Juvenile Courts.

In addition to his teaching career, Barton spent 30 years as the color commentator for Mike Mullen on WIMA Radio. They broadcast over 1500 basketball and football games for Lima area fans. He served on the Board of Parks and Recreation for The City of Lima, the Board of Directors for LIMALCO Credit Union, and as the ASA Softball Commissioner. He continued to enjoy his hobbies playing basketball, softball and golf as well as working in his garden

John Barton was a dedicated family man. He married Janet (Strohl) Barton in 1959. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Cheryl and Cole Gerstner are the parents of Hannah, and they reside in Zanesville. Shelley and Tim Thines are the parents of Terra, Tony and Tyler. They live in Lima. Sharon and Steve Carr are the parents of Elizabeth. They also live in Lima. On February 26, 2002, John Barton succumbed to a battle with lung cancer.

Following his death in February 2002 the John Barton Memorial Golf Scramble was established. Proceeds are donated to the Lima City Schools Scholarship Fund and the Lima Senior High School Athletic Department. Through this memorial, John Barton will continue to show his love for the students in the Lima City Schools.