Donald E. Barth, of Natoma, died on Wednesday, July 09, 2014, at the Redbud Village in Plainville, Kansas.

Don was born on January 26, 1932, in Russell County, Kansas, the son of Henry Carl, Jr. and Grace (Matheson) Barth.  Donald grew up in Paradise, Kansas, and graduated from Paradise High School in the class of 1950.  He was united in marriage to Jolene A. Pfortmiller in November 1950 in Natoma.  From this union they were blessed with two sons Marty and Mick.  Years later Jolene and Donald were divorced.  Don spent a few years in Grand Island, Nebraska and Rexford, Kansas, but spent most of his life in the Russell County and Natoma.  Don was a jack of all trades but his passion and career was farming and ranching.  He enjoyed hunting coyotes, raising greyhounds, riding horses and going to rodeos.  He also enjoyed and spent many of his years working and competing in rodeos as a steer wrestler, calf roping, team roping with his two sons and helping as a rodeo clown.  In his later years he also worked at the rodeo as a pick up man helping get cowboys to safety.  Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and spending countless hours riding his horses.

Donald is survived by his two sons Mick Barth and wife Rhonda of Oberlin, Kansas and Marty Barth and wife Melinda of Hays, Kansas; 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bryce Barth and sister Naomie Davison.

A graveside service to celebrate Donald’s life will be held at 10 A.M. on Monday, July 14, 2014, at the Mt. Hermon Cemetery in Paradise, Kansas, with Paula Hachmeister officiating.  Cremation has been selected by the family and interment of the cremains will follow the service.  Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Natoma is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.


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