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Richard "Dick" L. Barten

October 11, 1950 — September 21, 2023

Manhattan

Richard "Dick" L. Barten

 

     Richard L. “Dick” Barten, age 72, of Manhattan, IL, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2023, at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, IL.

     Dick was born on October 11, 1950, in Joliet, IL, to Harold and Fern (Ruetz) Barten. Graduating from Peotone High School, class of 1968, Dick was a lifelong member of the Peotone and Manhattan communities and some of his friends and neighbors will fondly remember that he was a founder of the Green Garden Summer Fest of 1973. Dick was a proud member of the Teamsters Union Local 179, working throughout the years as an independent truck driver, then at CDT Landfill and many years as Supervisor of Maintenance at the Will County Courthouse. Colleagues, friends, and family alike all know that Dick was a people person. In each of these roles, and truly every day, Dick would take the time to talk to you and get to know you, and you him; he loved to tell stories. It’s from Dick that his girls, one with the gift of gab and the other a trusted and thoughtful listener, can attribute these personality traits.

     Dick was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Peotone, where he also taught Sunday School. He enjoyed snow skiing and fishing, but his favorite activity was hunting and spending time at the hunting camp with his buddies. Most recently, you would often see Dick driving around Manhattan with his and Linda’s dog, Elvis, often stopping to talk to people along the way! But most of all, Dick loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, and “Pops” was proud to cheer them on at school, church, and sporting events.

     Dick is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Linda (Collins) Barten. He is also survived by his 2 daughters and son-in-law, Rachel Barten and Stacey (Tom) Kosloskus; 4 grandchildren, Deacon, Gage, Abbey, and Reagan; 2 sisters, Donna (Danny) Geiss and Debbi Barten-South; 2 brothers-in-law, Lee Younker and Ed Cooper; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Abigail Denise Barten (December 27, 1995); and 2 sisters, Cheryl Younker and Sandy Cooper.

     Visitation will be held at Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Jeff Abell officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded following all services. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates memorials to the Peotone Cemetery Association.

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Visitation

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

3:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home

112 W. Main St, PO Box 1048, Peotone, IL 60468

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Fedde-Helfrich-Cross Funeral Home

112 W. Main St, PO Box 1048, Peotone, IL 60468

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