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John Dalton obituary – Akron Beacon Journal

Together Again John Henry Dalton passed away peacefully at Akron Hospice on December 21, 2021. John was born in Philadelphia, Pa. On May 27, 1926 to his parents, John Ford Dalton and Marie Margaret Sangmeister. John was the oldest of three boys, brothers, Richard and Paul, who both predeceased him. Most of John’s youth was spent in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where he graduated from high school under the NROTC program and joined the Navy in hopes of becoming a naval aviator. Timing and some health issues kept him from flying for the Navy, but he went on to attend Williams College and MIT, where he earned a degree in aeronautical engineering. And he got his pilot’s license. Living in Wellesley hasn’t lacked opportunities for her to date a top girls’ college, Wellesley, mostly in her backyard. It was here that he met his future wife, Betty, whom he was married to for almost 68 years, until his death in 2018. John moved to Betty’s hometown of Akron and started a successful career with Goodyear Aerospace as a defense contractor. He worked with the Navy not only in the United States but also overseas. He was highly commended for his work and service to the industry. John loved to travel. His job allowed him and Betty to travel overseas, but they caught the virus and traveled all over the world. He combed through the travel brochures that had kept coming over the past few years and had visited virtually all of their destinations. John enjoyed the outdoors, hiking and biking in local parks. He was also an avid skier. He was part of the Boston Mills Ski Patrol and became the Regional Coordinator of the National Ski Patrol. His goal was to ski every ski mountain in the world, and he nearly hit that goal. John was a strong supporter of the Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area, which has become our beloved national park. He served and chaired the board of directors of the current Conservancy for the CVNP. He was particularly a strong supporter of the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center camp, a place where local school children could come and enjoy the beauty of nature in the national park. John also served on the board of directors of the Summit County Historical Society, where he met his dear friend, the director, Leianne. The Blick Center was also another organization John served for. John’s “happy place” was sitting on his porch, smoking his cigar, doing his crossword puzzles and the Daily Jumble. He was an old school gentleman, always opening doors for the women in his life. And her smile and her wit radiated warmth to everyone. He is survived by his daughter, Mindy Bartholomae (Phil) of Akron; son, Mark Dalton (Cami) of Anchorage, Alaska; daughter, Amy Dalton (Brian) from Anchorage, Alaska. John’s grandchildren are Paul Bartholomae, Laura Bartholomae, Anna Dalton, Willie Dalton (Johanna) and Katy Dalton. A memorial service will be held at Fairlawn-West United Church of Christ (2095 W. Market Street, Akron, OH 44313) on Saturday January 8, 2022 at 11:00 am. A call time will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with the service immediately following. As an act of Christian love, the church asks all participants to wear a face mask. For the live stream of the memorial service, visit, or the Fairlawn-West UCC Facebook page. To honor John, his life and his legacy, please consider making a donation to the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park or the Summit County Historical Society. To share a memory, leave a condolence, or light a candle, please visit the Tribute Wall at (Billow FAIRLAWN Chapel)

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