He was born March 13, 1927, in Cardwell, Mo., to parents Geraldine Hall Dalton and John Montgomery Dalton, Governor of Missouri from 1961-1965. John earned his bachelor's of arts degree in History from University of MO, Columbia and his law degree from Harvard University. He returned to Kennett in 1952 and joined his father in private law practice in the firm that is Dalton & Mowrer. He held numerous honors and professional positions, including co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Kennett National Bank, First Presbyterian Church elder and Sunday school teacher, 1977 President of the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri, Kennett Chamber of Commerce President, City of Kennett Industrial and Economic Development and the planning commission, Farmers Union Gin board member, State Board of Law Examiners, U.S. District Court Mediator, Dunklin County, Missouri and American Bar Associations, 1949 University of Missouri Student Body President, and U.S Navy Seaman, First Class. He was also a private pilot.
He is survived by his wife, Marianne Dalton; his three children, Fran Dalton Cooper, of Tyler, Texas, Johnny Dalton and David Dalton, both of Kennett; son-in-law Curtis Cooper, of Tyler, Texas; daughter-in-law, Margaret Dalton, of Kennett; five grandchildren, Anna Cooper, Jack Dalton, Harry Dalton, Katie Dalton and Maddie Dalton.
John was known for his curiosity, intelligence and love of people. He had a gift for soothing people in times of crisis and relating to people from all backgrounds. He will be remembered for his vibrant spirit and encouragement to others.
Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at First Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will immediately follow at the Presbyterian Activity Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.
McDaniel Funeral Service of Kennett is in charge.
Online condolences may be made to www.mcdanielfuneralservice.com.