Theodore J. Barten
Theodore “Smokey” John Barten, Jr., 77, passed away at his residence on September 20, 2016. Smokey was born on July 24, 1939, in Hayward, WI, to Theodore J. Barten, Sr. and Mary (DeView) Barten. He was one of 14 children and grew up working on his family’s dairy farm. He married Donna Coykendall on October 17, 1959, in Pine City, MN. Smokey was an engine technician in the Gas Industry for many years while living in Iowa. Smokey\'s interests included horses, archery, hunting and fishing. He belonged to the Pony Express Riders of Iowa and the AQHA. Smokey did not know a stranger and loved visiting with people, telling stories and practical jokes. He also spent a lot of time in his shop “putzing” as he called it, creating things out of horseshoes, antlers and wood. Smokey was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers (Ole and Raymond), three sisters (Gerry, Charlene, and Ida), and one granddaughter (Camryn) He is survived by his wife, Donna of Sheridan, sons Greg (Kris) of Winter, MN, Scott of Sheridan, daughters Chris Evans (Kevin) of Lake Havasu, AZ, and Julie Davidson of Parkston, SD, 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 24, 2016, at the Cornerstone Church with Tony Forman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made out to Donna Barten and sent to US Bank 203 S. Main, Sheridan WY 82801. The funds will be donated to the local archery club.Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.