Retired Air Force Col. Joseph E. Barton, 68, a 1934 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who served in the Pacific during World War II, died of cancer at his northwest Washington home May 24.

Col. Barton and his wife, Mary S. Barton has been living at 4458 Q St. NW since his retirement from active duty in 1961.

Col. Barton came from a military family.The son of the late Army Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Barzynski, he was born at an Army Air Force base in Cheyenne, Wyo., May 17,1910.

After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, he studied at the Air Corps Flying School in 1938. He also was a graduate of the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

In 1945, Col. Barton commanded U.S. Air bases on Guam, the Phillipines and in Okinawa. It was in Okinawa that he met his wife, who was a civil service officer. They were married in 1947.

Later, Col. Barton commanded the 1600th Air Transport Wing at Westover Air Force Base, Mass., during the Berlin airlift. During the Korean War he commanded the 1503rd Air Base Group, which was stationed at Haneda Air Force Base in Tokyo.

After returning from overseas he served on the Air Force personnel council in the Pentagon and was Senior Air Force adviser for the New York Air National Guard.

In addition to his wife, Col. Barton is survived by a daughter, Terry Jo-Lyn Barton, a son Joseph E. Jr., of Erie, Pa., and a sister, Mrs. William H. Draper Jr. of Washington.