Verlin Barth


Verlin D. Barth, 83, of Defiance, passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

He was born on January 3, 1931, to William and Mary (Eitnier) Barth in Defiance. In November 1976, he married Ramona "Monie" (Strable) Barth, and she passed away on March 27, 2011.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, the BBB, the Home Builders Contractors Association and the Defiance Fish & Game. Verlin was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from 1951-52, serving during the Korean War. He started his career working for Hoffman & France, then Duerk Construction. In 1962, he founded Barth Builders and retired in 2013. He was president of B&B Store & Lock, Defiance, retiring in 2013.

Verlin is survived by his son, Dion Barth of Defiance; daughter, Colleen (Thomas) Holley of Sherwood; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Violet Eberly of Napoleon; and family friends, Cricket and Mark Hageman of Defiance.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ramona; daughter, Beth Cline; two brothers Victor and Virgil Barth; and a gandson, Joshua Holley.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, April 12, 2014, at the funeral home, with Rev. Joshua Schmidt officiating. Entombment will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance. Military graveside rites will be accorded by VFW Post 3360.

The family asks memorials be directed to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at

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