Lester Edward Barton Sr., a retired laboratory technician and avid golfer, died of a heart attack Tuesday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 81 and a longtime Chester resident.
Mr. Barton was born and raised in Laurel and was a 1938 graduate of Laurel High School. He worked at the Naval Gun Factory and Naval Weapons Plant in Washington until he was drafted into the Army in 1944.
After being discharged in 1946, he returned to the gun factory, where he worked for about a year until he became a laboratory technician at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory at White Oak in Montgomery County. He retired in 1976.
A former Laurel resident, he moved to Chester in 1972 and enjoyed swimming, crabbing and sailing.
An avid golfer, Mr. Barton was known for having made numerous hole-in-one shots and was a member of the Blue Heron Golf Course.
"Golf was his life," said a step-daughter, Roberta "Bobbie" Trimble Thibault of Queenstown.
He was also a member of the Stevensville American Legion Post and the Laurel and Grasonville chapters of the Knights of Phythians.
He was married in 1942 to the former Marjorie V. Castle, who died in 1978. In 1990, he married Janet Trimble, who survives him.
Mr. Barton was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Chapel, Route 18, in Queenstown, where services will be held at noon today.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Barton is survived by a son, Lester E. Barton Jr. of Laurel; two daughters, Patricia A. Barton Cullison of Laurel and Cathy V. Barton Grasse of Dallas; a brother, Robert K. Barton of Chester; a stepson, E. David Althoff of Thurmont; another stepdaughter, Sharyn L. Gilliam of Frederick; 10 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.