Obituary Notices and Memorials


BARTH, Arthur William Dec. 21, 1911 ~ Nov. 23, 2011 Longtime resident of the Antelope Valley, Art passed away peacefully just short of his 100th birthday. Art was born the 6th of 7 children in Springfield, Illinois and moved to California with his parents, Edward Barth and Elizabeth Ziegler, in 1913. The family lived in Long Beach, the Central Valley and Hollywood, where Art graduated from High School. His interest in cars started as a teenager parking cars down the street at Graumans Chinese Theater. Art (Papa) is remembered as a loving husband and father and will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He was always kind, thoughtful and a man of high integrity. He believed in thinking things through and doing them right the first time. After a career at Standard Oil, where Art started as an office boy and moved up to assistant cashier, he followed his father into farming and moved to the Westside of Lancaster in 1940. He developed 160 acres of mostly desert into a successful alfalfa and grain farm before retiring in 1963. During the early days of farming Art built many of the implements he couldnt afford and learned to fix almost everything. He also took on contract farm work, drove the school bus and did other jobs to supplement the family income. Most of the farms in the valley have gone back to desert or been converted to housing developments in the past 40 years but Art sold at the right time. Art also enjoyed the fellowship of being a Freemason, and as a member of the local Elks Club, the 'camper club' and the Antelope Valley Historical Society. Art also served as a trustee on the Westside Union School board, as a member of the board of the Westside Farmers Association, the County Road Committee and other civic organizations. Art is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Trudy, and they shared a special bond. They became an example of a loving and supportive marriage to all who knew them. Arts patient and caring personality, good sense of humor and his many stories will be deeply missed by their four children, Ed Barth (Marian), Jim Barth (Dru), Ginger Wilson and Larry Barth (Elizabeth), and their eleven grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Trudy and Art enjoyed many trips to destinations throughout the world, but for Papa there was still nothing like a lamb barbecue with home made ice cream or a vacation spent backpacking, camping or fishing with the family. He always said, 'the days spent fishing dont count against you.' A memorial service will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at Joshua Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending a donation to the Antelope Valley Guild of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, in care of Ms. Fae Currado, 1119 West Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534.

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