Date of death: 8/13/2017

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1954

Joseph Edward Barth, age 89 of New Paris, Ohio passed away Sunday August 13, 2017at Reid Hospital. He was born in Richmond, Indiana on January 24, 1928 to Eugene andTheresa Barth. After attending St. Meinrad Seminary, Joe decided priesthood was not the path he was destined to pursue; instead, he would marry his sweetheart Patricia Kutter and together raise a large Catholic family.In 1967, Patricia, his wife of 17 years, passed away, leaving Joe with a house full of children. In 1969, Joe married Norma J. Crandall, and their family grew by 4 more members.Joe was a precision machinist at NATCO for 38 years and a proud member of the ôQuarter Century Clubö. He was a sports fanatic, a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds, an accomplished bowler and fast softball pitcher. He coached little league for many years in New Paris where he and other members of the Booster Club, were instrumental in organizing and building the ballpark that is currently used by the community.He was a fan of Tiger Woods and would pick up the game of golf late in life. Joe worked part time at a golf course where he would take care of the driving range. He also loved fishing; that is, fishing for golf balls that were lost in the water hazards at the golf course. Some say he may have enjoyed the fishing part of golf more than actually playing the game.Joe always told his family how much he loved them and how important it is to stick together for a lifetime. He loved music; he really enjoyed singing which he was doing just a couple days before leaving for heaven. He loved to laugh and had a beautiful smile that the family will never forget.Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Norma J Crandall Barth; children Kathryn (Jack)Silvers, Robert (Donna) Barth Juliana Rose, Donna (Bob) Barth, Rose (Dominic) Sbrocchi, Steven (Monica) Barth, Timothy Barth, William (April) Barth, Terrence (Toni) Barth and Michael (April Miles) Barth, two sisters; Imelda Ramsey and Joan Barth; 22 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Patricia, son, Joseph Jr, daughter Debra, step sons Mark Gray, Jonathan Gray, brothers John and Eugene Barth; sisters Elizabeth Morton and Bernadette Barth.