Joseph W. Barth
Joseph W. Barth, 99 SOUTH PARIS - Joseph W. Barth passed away peacefully Oct. 10, 2016, at the age of 99 years, 5 months and one day after a life well-lived. He was born May 9, 1917, the middle of three children, in Murphysboro, Ill. In January 1935, Joe left Murphysboro to join the Navy, where he spent the next 20 years. After finishing basic training, he was assigned to the USS Raleigh out of San Diego, Calif. He later was assigned to the USS Augusta, assigned to service in the China Fleet and the Philippines. The Augusta was later reassigned to the Atlantic Fleet and participated in the evacuation of civilians during the Spanish Civil War. Joe then was transferred to minesweeping duty out of Boston, where he met his future wife, Doris Tabor. They were married in October 1943. Their daughter, Barbara Barth Flewelling, was born before he was transferred to the USS Spectacle, a minesweeper on the West Coast, which survived a kamikaze attack while transiting to the western Pacific. After the war, Joe served on recruiting duty in Miami, Fla., where their son, Joseph T. Barth, was born. Joe's last assignment before retiring in August 1954 was aboard the USS Edisto, an icebreaker out of Boston. After retiring from the Navy, the family moved to Ocean Park. Joe worked as a salesman for the Harris Company Ship Chandlers, Kyanize Paint Company, and Crook and Crook Marine Hardware. Joe retired in 1972, and he and Doris moved to Homestead, Fla. Joe and Doris moved to the Breakwater Condominium in South Portland in 1990. Doris passed in 2000, and Joe remained at the Breakwater until July 2014, when he moved to the Maine Veterans' Home in South Paris. He is survived by his two children, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 45 Main St., South Paris. Online condolences may be shared with his family at: www.chandlerfunerals.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joe's name to your favorite charity.
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