Tribute: N. Darl Britton

November 16, 2016

N. Darl Britton, Kinsman, Ohio - obit

KINSMAN, Ohio – N. Darl Britton, age 92, died on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on September 29, 1924 in Ashtabula, Ohio, a son of Elsie Jane (Fonner) and Herbert Kline Britton.

Darl graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1942 and served in the United States Coast Guard, making nine trips across the Atlantic Ocean.

He was a truck driver all his life working for the former Farm Bureau of Williamsfield; a milk route for the former Farmdale Dairy; driving for over 17 years for McGill Septic Tank of Kinsman and finally for Cortland Tractor for over 22 years, retiring in 1989.

On June 5, 1946 he married Arlene May Goodge.

Darl was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church, a founding member of the Ohio Maple Producers Association, a life member of the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club in Wayne, Ohio and a member of the Sharon American Legion, Post No. 299.

Every year including the spring of 2016, Darl could be found taping and collecting sap from his neighbor’s maple trees to cook down into maple syrup, with the enlisted help of three generations of his family and the neighborhood children. He enjoyed farming and gardening as well as spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and with the great-great-grandchildren.

Darl is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of fifty-six years, Arlene May Britton, who died on September 1, 2002; an infant daughter, Barbara Sue Britton; an infant son, Andrew Charles Britton; a son, Ray. H. “Butch” Britton and a brother, D. Lyle Britton.

Survivors include his two daughters, Susan Britton McGill of Hubbard, Ohio and Mildred Elaine Gregg of Kinsman, Ohio; a brother, Rev. C. Keith Britton of Fort Collins, Colorado; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Williamsfield Center Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 8569 Main Street, Kinsman, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio Maple Producers Association, PO Box 1083, Burton, Ohio 44021.

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A television tribute will air Friday, November 18 at the following approximate times:
12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.