Breeze-Courier | Taylorville, IL
weather sponsored by
Hickory Estates of Taylorville

The Weather Network
Advanced Search
search sponsored by


McClure FH

home : obituaries : obituaries January 19, 2019

12/12/2018 12:33:00 PM
Barry Valentine Heaton
+ click to enlarge

Barry Valentine Heaton, 78, of Pana passed away Friday, December 7, 2018 in St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on February 9, 1940 in Murrayville, Ill., the son of Ralph Gordon and Ida Frances (Scholfield) Heaton.

Barry graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1958, and received his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Illinois State University in Normal in 1962. He later earned a Master’s and Specialist degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Barry began his teaching and coaching career in Niantic-Harristown in 1962, moving to St. Elmo in 1965, and eventually settling in Pana in 1967. He taught Social Studies and Physical Education and coached basketball and track. His administrative duties began as Assistant Principal at Pana High School, then becoming Principal and Athletic Director, and ultimately Superintendent of the Pana School District, before retiring in 1994.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Pana, serving on various committees, a member of the Pana Lions Club and Pana Country Club. He served on the Board at People’s Bank & Trust of Pana & Pana Community Hospital Board, and he was also a volunteer driver for Faith in Action. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, followed Fighting Illini sports, and loved playing golf and cards (bridge) and solving crossword puzzles. He was a loving grandfather, closely following the activities and accomplishments of his grandchildren.

Barry married Peggy Jane Scott on June 23, 1963 in Winchester, Ill. and she survives in Pana, along with their two sons: Scott (Stacey) Heaton, Lakewood, Colo. and Mark (Julie) Heaton, Moweaqua, Ill. He is also survived by two brothers: Fred Alan (Charlotte) Heaton and Bruce Noel (Sharon) Heaton; two sisters: Nancy Lee (Gary) Spangenberg and Carla Marie (John) Sheppard and four grandchildren: Allie and Connor Heaton, Moweaqua, Ill. and Hannah and Luke Heaton, Lakewood, Colo. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers: Lyndon Scholfield Heaton, Dale Vernon Heaton, Russel James Heaton and John Ivan Heaton.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church of Pana with Pastor Amanda Richards officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery, Pana. Visitation will be Sunday, December 16, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. in McCracken-Dean Funeral Home.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

If you are looking for the SPEAK OUT submission form, you can find it by clicking here: Speak Out Form

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

NOTE: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address will not be displayed or shared.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Trinity Dodge Fixed
Dr Paul The Dentist
NewsWebPagesOpinionPeopleObituariesAg & BusinessSportsContact UsLife
Subscriptions | Username & Password Reminder | Change Password | Life

Breeze-Courier & Printing | 212 S Main St. Taylorville, IL 62568 | (217) 824-2233 |

© Copyright 2014 Breeze-Courier & Printing. All Rights Reserved.
Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Breeze-Courier & Printing.

Software © 1998-2019 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved