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“I worked side-by-side with John at the Forest Service for many, many years. So many fond memories of that time that I treasure. I'll share just a...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Brenda Tripp

“John will be missed, about twelve twenty each day, he came to support our Senior Center, and eat lunch with us...he will be missed greatly, He was...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Susan J. Kahon - Dover, AR

“May John's memory be a blessing to all who knew and loved him. God bless the family and friends. ”
3 of 15 | Posted by: Bob Reeves - Mountain View , AR

“We remember all the kind things john did for dad and visting him in the nursing home over several years. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: mike and judy pittman - AR

“John: Your quiet nature and generosity as a cousin and friend were a gift to me that cannot be measured. I will treasure you for as long as I live. ...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Geraldine Williams - Independence, KS

“You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of loss. John was an inspiration, full of knowledge, great mentor, and would share...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Laura Strawn - Atlanta, GA

“John Middleton was a mentor, a person you can always count on him to help. His knowledge and expertise was always appreciated by those who worked...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Gio Caban - Co-worker

“To John's Family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with John at the FS and really thought the world of him. He was truly one of the "good guys...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Brenda Ayers - Roanoke, VA

“there's not a computer anywhere, that has enough memory, to handle all the good things I could say about John: I will miss him terribly: rest in...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: rick billings - Russellville, AR

“I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with John and seeing him at the bowling alley, when my husband used to bowl. He always had a smile on...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Tina Rotenbury - Russellville, AR

“The memories of growing up with our many cousins are precious. Family ties and love provided the bond to make distance disappear as we grew older. ...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Linda Broughton - Tulsa, OK

“Sorry about the loss of John. He will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time. ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Juanita (Middleton) Kub & Lonnie Kub - OK

“John will be missed at the Senior Center. May he rest in peace. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: Susan Kahon - Dover, AR

“John was one the best computer specialist in the Southern Region of the US Forest Service as well as a very good friend. He was always available to...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Jim Mayo - Asheville, NC

“John was a terrific person. Always congenial and pleasant to be around. So sorry about his passing. The Lord has his reasons. ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Louise Morell - Farmington, AR


John R. Middleton, 69, of Russellville, died Thursday, January 17, 2013, at his home. He was born November 12, 1943, at Henryetta, Oklahoma, to Robert S. and Mildred Childs Middleton. He was a 1961 graduate of the Henryetta High School, and was retired from the United States Forest Service. He was a member of the Monday Night Men's Bowling League, was a volunteer at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center, and was an avid hunter. He was a member of the Russellville Christian Center. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Terry John Middleton; and a brother, H. Joe Middleton.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Middleton; a son, Kevin Middleton of Yukon, Oklahoma; six daughters, Laura Middleton of New York City, Mischelle Coffman of Pottsville, Melissa Pate of Conway, Latricia Olmstead of Edmond, Oklahoma, Robin Wilson of Danville, and Deborah Norfleet of Hot Springs Village; a brother, Robert Middleton of Sunrise, Florida; a sister, Paula Backwater of Kenwood, Oklahoma; 14 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the Russellville Christian Center, officiated by the Rev. Tom Underhill and Susan Allen. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, by Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville.
Active pallbearers will be O. D. Smith, Terry Caston, Dave Crigger, Gary Knudson, Duane Dipert, Ron Knost, Norman "Corkey" Cooper and Derwin Gilkey.. Honorary pallbearers will be past and present employees of the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest Service.
The family will receive friends on Monday evening, from 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home.

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