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Howard M. Barton

April 14, 2021


Howard M. Barton, 87, of Dubuque, Iowa, passed away Wednesday evening, April 14th, 2021. Howard wishes for no services to be held at this time. Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left at

Howard was born December 5th, 1933 in Lepanto, Arkansas, to James and Minnie Barton. Upon graduating with his Master’s degree, Howard went on to pursue a passion for mental health. He later became the Executive Director of the Gannon Center in Dubuque where he retired.

On November 30th, 1962, Howard married the love of his life Marianne Barton (Trautman) in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They both shared a love for traveling and spending time with family. Howard was an ardent fisherman and loved to spend most of his days on the Mississippi River. He especially loved all of his pets and spoiling his grandkids. 

He is survived by his wife, Marianne Barton of Dubuque, Iowa, daughter Christine Barton Jensen of Dubuque and son Vance Barton; 7 grandchildren, James (Melissa) Lehnen of Arkansas, Aaron (Abby) Lehnen of East Dubuque, IL, Alyssa Lehnen of Iowa City, IA, Anders Jensen of Dubuque, Portia Barton of Cedar Rapids, IA, Veda Barton, and Ezra Barton; 4 great grandchildren, Blake, Benson, Maxwell, and Baxter. 

Memorials can be directed to the American Cancer Society. 

The family extends special thanks to Manor Care of Dubuque, Hospice of Dubuque, and Mercy Hospital for taking such great care of Howard during a very difficult time.

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No services to be held

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