McGilley & Hoge Johnson County Memorial Chapel

8024 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS


Robert Gene Barton, PhD

September 18, 1961January 24, 2020
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Dr. Robert G. Barton passed away on January 24th, 2020 after a 16 month battle with glioblastoma brain cancer. He is remembered by those who knew him as a man of kindness, profound empathy, and thoughtfulness. Bob was a soccer coach for 35 years, a teacher on and off the field. He led by example, with unconditional love and forgiveness. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Angela, son Morgan, daughter Taylor, son-in-law Shawn, and granddaughter Jane.

Join Bob’s family in celebration of his life on Saturday, February 1st, at 11:30am to 1:30pm in the Vista Room at the Matt Ross Community Center, 8101 Marty Street, Overland Park, KS 66204. Light lunch will be available.


  • Angela K. Barton, Wife
  • Morgan Barton, Son
  • Taylor McGowan, Daughter
  • Shawn McGowan, Son-In-Law
  • Jane McGowan, Granddaughter


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 1, 2020


Robert Gene Barton, PhD

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Andy Page

February 1, 2020

I was able to work with Bob at MRI for almost 8 years. He was a great guy and I always enjoyed working with him. He was a calming presence in every situation and MRI was lucky to have him and I am glad that I was able to work with him and call him a friend. I know he will be missed greatly by many.

Chris Anderson

January 31, 2020

Bob, or "Barney," as the kids called him was a terrific soccer coach. He was an example of what coaching is supposed to be about. Bob didn't care so much about the winning or losing, he focused only on the development of the kids both on an off the field. His prepartion, dedication, and hard work were almost unparalled. I learned much of what I know from him. He was highly educated and ALWAYS wanted to learn more and just as importantly share what he learned.
I have known Bob for 20 or so years and in that time I never met one single person who had something bad to say about him, instead it was always about how kind and loving he was to the kids that had the privilage to work with him. They learned the game yes, but more importantly they learned life lessons that will never ever leave them.
I would be remiss if I didn't say I lost a true friend. I will miss our lunch and learn sessions greatly. I will miss our interactions on an off the field. I will miss my true friend. RIP buddy, your pain and suffering is gone and you are in a better place.

Jim Ricker

January 30, 2020

Coach was an outstanding gentleman who always gave his best effort to the kids he coached. He was a team player and would help any coach when needed. He left big shoes for me to fill when he resigned as the SMN varsity boys coach. He lead the program with his heart and shared his knowledge. I know the boys appreciated his dedication to them, the school and community. As a Fusion coach, he was second to none and touched many lives.
Thank you for all you did Coach!

Scott Klamm

January 30, 2020

Bob and I worked together many times at MRIGlobal, covering a wide range of projects from air quality, EPA method development, bioaerosol chamber tests, and defense. He was always cheerful and positive, and helped the day go better for all of us. His door was always open. His wit was hard to beat. We will all miss you greatly, and are glad for the time we had together.

Lori Robinson

January 28, 2020

He was a friend and mentor to so many at MRIGlobal. I will miss his quiet sense of humor, his generosity, his wisdom, but most of all his kindness. Thank you, Bob, for being an inspiration to us all. It was an honor, my friend!

Karin Bauer

January 27, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I heard of Bob’s passing. We’ve worked together at MRIGlobal for many years in various capacities—team members on many projects, he as the always positive team leader, then later as my division director. His door was always open, be it for a technical discussion, seeking his advice on marketing or any other work matter, or simply to chat about our families. And oh, there was always a dish of chocolates for the takin’ in his office! Too soon, Bob!
Karin Bauer, Statistician

Michael Weibel

January 27, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Bob for several years. I always appreciated his visits, and we would chat about work but also common interests... both UofU alums, overlapped but different departments. I was sad to hear of the diagnosis, and moreso that it claimed him far too early.

Barb Wolf

January 27, 2020

Dear Scofield family , I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband, father, brother-in-law Son- in law, grandpa and friend! I wish I knew the magic words to say that could make you all feel better, but at a time like this there are none. You are all in my prayers and thoughts! I love you all like family!!!💕💕🙏🙏

paul vandervelden

January 27, 2020

I first met Bob and the Barton family back in 1996 when both Taylor and daughter went to Bluejacket-Flint, as first graders.....Bob was my daughters 1st soccer coach....a very gentle soul. When 4th grade came along he went premier and Bob set me up for the recreational group...it was a commitment as I gained several "bonus daughters" Thanks Bob for all you have done...gone too soon

Dean Gray

January 27, 2020

I had the honor of working with Bob closely at MRIGlobal over the past several years. He was one of the smartest and kindest people I've known, and always had a great book to recommend. We miss you, Bob.