John Daynne Afton, 88, of Benton, passed peacefully away at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. He was born March 21, 1924, in Bruno Township, Butler County.
He graduated from Benton High School in 1942. From 1943 – 46, he proudly served his country during WWII, with the United States Navy. He served on the U.S.S. Hamlin, and received battle stars for Iwo Jima, Guam and Okinawa. He served in Tokyo, during the signing of the peace treaty in 1945.
Mr. Afton was retired after 43 years of employment with the Coleman Company as a Maintenance Technician. He also repaired televisions in his spare time. In 1954, he had received a Television Technicians diploma from United Television Laboratories, Louisville, Ky., through the G.I. Bill.
He was a member of River Walk Church of Christ, and lifetime member of both the American Legion and the V.F. W. He had served as mayor for the city of Benton.
On Sept. 3, 1948, he was united in marriage to Corrine (Latta), she survives, next month would have marked their 64th wedding anniversary. Their family grew to include three children: Alan and his wife Marlene of Baton Rouge, La., Judith Robben of Wichita and Michael and wife Janice of Park City; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother Bettie Smith Afton and his sister Louise Harrison.
A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Benton Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 1 – 5 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established for River Walk Church of Christ in care of Lamb Funeral Home, 120 S Main, Whitewater, KS, 67154.