John Halton, Jr.

John Halton, Jr.
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John Francis Halton, Jr., Lt. Col., USAF, Ret. 88, of Belleville, IL, born March 1, 1929, in Shortsville, NY, died Sunday, August 20, 2017, in Belleville, IL.

Mr. Halton served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for 32 years.  After his retirement, he taught in the business department at Southwestern Illinois College.  John loved taking care of his grandchildren.  His other interests included photography, walking, fly fishing, traveling, and family history.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John F. and Mary, nee O’Donnell, Halton, Sr; and a brother, Joseph T. Halton.

Surviving are three daughters, Kimberlee A. Parrish of Belleville, IL, Kelly M. (Paul) Waller of Belleville, IL, Kirsten B. (Paul) Williams of Marietta, GA;
three sons, Thomas W. (Colleen) Halton of Billings, MT, Terence P. (Jody) Halton of Belleville, IL, Todd A. (Jennifer) Halton of San Clemente, CA;
14 grandchildren, Paul Halton, Lee McCaffrey, Brandon McCaffrey, Sean (Amanda) Wuller, Lauren (Andy) Robinson, Paul (Shelby) Waller IV, John (Natalie) Waller, Patrick Waller, Joseph Halton, Ryan Halton, Andrew Halton, Ian Halton, David Williams, and Bridget Williams;
nine great-grandchildren;
two sisters, Maureen (Al) Maslin of Knoxville, TN, and June Gerstner of Canandaigua, NY;
also surviving are the mother of his children, Rita A., nee Poe, Halton-Battoe.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Southern Illinois.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Memorial Visitation:   Memorial services will be held in Shortsville, NY.

Burial will be at St. Rose Cemetery in Shortsville, NY.


12 Comments on John Halton, Jr.

Kellum Wuller said : Guest Report Feb 27, 2024 at 9:50 PM

Miss you everyday grandad

  • Omaha
  • Nebraska
Cathy McQuillan said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2017 at 7:28 AM

To Jack’s family, I am so sorrry! I only just heard of Jack’s death today. I had talked with Jack a few times over the phone after we discovered that we were related. He had responded to me through - we share our great-grandfather James Brennan. He kindly spoke with me and shared the family research he had written up. I had hoped to meet him, as we also live in Illinois. But, sadly, that never happened. I send the family my deepest condolences. I’m sure that he was a wonderful family man and that you’ve all learned many important life lessons from him. I thank God for his life! May God send you His healing graces and love. All my best to you! Cathy McQuillan

  • Arlington Heights
  • IL
Bill Mohr said : Guest Report Sep 06, 2017 at 11:01 PM

Terry, Sorry to hear of your loss. Bill Mohr

  • St. Louis
  • MO
Patricia Keeley said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2017 at 7:14 PM

Terry, we are so very sorry for your loss. Your family and you will be in our thouts and prayers. Patti, Bill and Drew.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Patrick Halton said : Guest Report Sep 02, 2017 at 1:56 AM

Jack was my first cousin by blood , but as Air Force pilots we were truly comrades in arms. I always enjoyed swapping war stories with Jack and talking about Ireland and the remarkable Halton family roots in Cavan Town!

  • Holton
  • Kansas
Lynn Kreuter said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 8:11 PM

The best time was when my Uncle Bill lived next to John at the Snows! He is the best! Miss him very much! Our deepest sympathy. June & Lynn

  • Palm Harbor
  • FL
Lynn Kreuter said : Guest Report Aug 31, 2017 at 8:07 PM

The best time was my Uncle Bill living next to John at the Snows! John and I still e-mailed! He is the best! I miss him! My deepest sympathy. June & Lynn

  • Palm Harbor
  • FL
Natalie Huck said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2017 at 6:35 PM

Terry & family, I'm am sorry sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. He was always one of my favorite teachers at SWIC and always so friendly. Thoughts & prayers to all.

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Clauzelle Poe said : Guest Report Aug 24, 2017 at 1:04 PM

Family is not always by blood. Family is the connection that occurs when hearts, minds and souls are bonded. John was that to the Poe girls always. His sense of adventure in world travels always kept my ear listening...he married my cousin and the brought wonderful children into this life to be in Family. Our never long or often enough Family Reunions were filled with such joy. But, it's not what we do in in life that makes up Family. Family is who we are. Thank you, John, for being family.

  • Austin
  • Texas
Sally said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2017 at 6:25 PM

I loved seeing and talking with your dad/grandpa throughout the years; what a true gentleman. I'll miss seeing him and I know you all will too. I'm thinking of you and him at this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Brenda Leslie said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2017 at 3:12 PM

We are so very sorry for your loss and will keep your family in our prayers. We had the pleasure of meeting John when he visited Kirsten in Atlanta and enjoyed hearing his stories and seeing of his pictures. His love of and devotion to his family was heartwarming. God's blessings to all of you. The Leslies

  • Woodstock
  • GA
Barbie Duncan said : Guest Report Aug 22, 2017 at 11:01 PM

Kennedy, So sorry to hear of your great grandpa's passing. We are praying for your family. Many hugs ~St. Teresa Twirl Girls

  • Belleville
  • Illinois

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