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Lewis Peter Barth


Sun, Dec 24th, 2000
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Lewis Barth, 83, of Preston died at his home on Wednesday, December 20, 2000.

Lewis Peter Barth was born on March 13, 1917 in Preston Township, Fillmore County, the son of Charles and Louise (Kern) Barth. He attended North Windy Ridge country school near Preston. After school he worked with his father and brother on the family farm. In 1942 he entered the U.S. Marine Corps. Lewis served in the Pacific Theater until his discharge in December 1945. After his discharge, Lewis returned home and again farmed with his family. On June 10, 19, he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Jefferis in Elgin, MN. Following their marriage the couple continued to farm on his familyís farm until 1974 when they moved to Preston. After moving to Preston, Lewis worked at various farm related jobs. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church where he also served on the church council. He was a member of the Camp Creek Watershed Committee, the Preston Cemetery Association, the VFW Post #6893 and American Legion Post #166, both of Preston, where he served as Post Commander for both organizations and was Quartermaster of the VFW for 7 years, a longtime Chairman of the Fly Committee. He was an avid bowler and fisherman and card player.

Lewis is survived by his wife, Mary, of Preston; four sons, Bob (Judy) of Arcadia, WI, Gary of Newark, IL, John (Linda) of Eden Prairie, and Richard (Karen) of Spring Valley; one daughter, Amy Barth of Burnsville, MN; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by a brother, Carol of Preston, and two sisters, Rose Lombard and Olive Cady, both of Lake City. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Sonnabend, three sisters and five brothers.

The funeral service for Mr. Barth was held Saturday, December 23, 2000, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston with the Revs. James Rushton and Bernard Daiker officiating. Burial will be in the spring. Full military rites were performed by the Preston VFW and American Legion Posts at the Crown Hill Mausoleum in Preston. Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston was in charge of arrangements.t. Paulís Lutheran Church, Perham, with the Rev. Terry Grzybowski officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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