Anthony P. Barthel Sr.

February 7, 1954June 2, 2011

Anthony P. Barthel, Sr., 57, of Newburgh, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Deaconess Hospice Care Center. He was born on February 7, 1954 to Helen Naomi (Beal) and Henry Barnard Barthel in Evansville. Tony is the fourth of five children—Robert Henry “Bob” of Palm Springs, CA; William Joseph “Bill” of Portland, OR; John David of San Marcos, TX; and Kathleen Barthel, who passed away at age 11.

He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from Reitz High School in 1972 and from Purdue University in 1976 with a management degree. Shortly after college, Tony owned Evansville Nut & Bolt for many years. Upon selling the business, he started Quality Painting and Striping, which he sold last fall. Tony’s interest in Christian music led him to his most recent business--owner of Liberation Productions. He has had much success with bringing Christian music concerts to the Evansville area.

Tony had two children from his first marriage: Jennifer Marie (Barthel) Lewis; Cynthia Renee (Barthel) Ford. With his second wife, Donna (Harris) Bennett-Barthel (who preceded him in death), Tony adopted Breann Bennett-Barthel, had Anthony Paul Barthel, Jr., and then adopted Lia Alexandria Barthel and Lily Kathleen Barthel from China. Tony also has two grandchildren, Riley and Christopher.

Through his promotions of Christian concerts and the work with the church, Tony met Kimberly “Kim” Reynolds. They were married on January 25, 2008. Tony’s stepchildren are Travis Alan King and Molly Elizabeth King. The family was joined together by Kim’s adoption of Anthony, Lia and Lily.

He has been a member of the West Side Nut Club since 1978. He also served as a middle school leader at Crossroads Christian Church and also attended Bethel Temple Community church. Tony believed God blessed him with strong faith.

The thing that Tony values most in life was his faith in God.

Services will be 2:00 PM Monday, June 6, 2011, at Crossroads Christian Church, 10800 Lincoln Avenue, Newburgh, IN, officiated by Rev. Carl Mann, Rev. Todd Bussey and Rev. Chris Chaudoin, with burial in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Alexander East Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made, “In Memory to Tony Barthel”, Deaconess Hospice Care Center, 600 Mary Street, Evansville, IN 47710.


  • Funeral Service Monday, June 6, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, June 5, 2011

Anthony P. Barthel Sr.

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Lacee Volz

October 9, 2011

Jen and Cindy- I actually ran across this by accident, and am just awestruck. I am so sorry for your loss, and for the loss your halfsiblings are experiencing. You probably don't remember me, it has been a long time-but Jen, I remember "Jif", and Cindy I remember how you were always so happy-no matter what. I hope your adult lives bring you joy and that your father rests in peace. To the family I never had the pleasure of meeting, I hope that you find comfort in knowing Tony was a strong man loved by many-Lacee

deanna newbold

June 12, 2011



June 7, 2011

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Melanie King

June 7, 2011

I'm going to miss you more than words can express. I remember when you said, "hey, you got to listen to this" as your wheels were spinning to start Liberation productions. You introduced me to the new, contemporary Christian music, that I now listen to everyday, which has been such a blessing. You always believed in me and encouraged me. You repeatedly told me, "you'll run this place one day" in which I laughed as if were such a joke, but those words have now lead me on to start completing my administrative master's degree. You were like my second father and for that I'm forever grateful. And as you were facing your last few months, you looked at me and said, "I'm so sorry", as if you were personally causing me pain of your future passing. You were compassionate for our feelings over your own, even to the end. "Coming home" will be awesome, I can't wait to see you again. Miss you so much already!

Christa Jacobs

June 6, 2011

Kim, I am really disappointed that life got in the way of the four of us getting together for dinner, which we have talked about doing since we went boating late last summer. Tony was a great guy and I was so happy for you that you had found your "true love" in him. I know you'll miss your best friend, but knowing that he is no longer in pain has got to be such a relief. I remember the day you told me that you two had decided to start dating... and then not long after that, you waking me in the middle of the night to show me the rock he had put on your finger and telling me that you were getting married. It seemed like a whirlwind to me and I have to admit that I had my doubts... but then I met this prince of yours and it all made complete sense to me. I had never seen you so happy and sure of what you were doing. You were extremely lucky to have such a wonderful, loving man... even though your time together was cut short. But remember, God blessed you with over three years of love and companionship together here on earth... and now he's waiting for you to share eternity with in Heaven.

Aunt Ginny McKee

June 6, 2011

God was there with open arms for Tony. His pain and suffering are over now so he can rest in peace. With my sincerest
symphathy to all the Barthel families.

Kelly Wilkinson

June 6, 2011

My heart aches with you during this time, but is celebrated as I remember Tony's smile. We met on our first trip to China to adopt our first daughter, the other Lily. A magical time. You all are in our prayers. Kelly Wilkinson, Lily, Willow and Camille Thompson.

Josena Wilhelm

June 6, 2011

We are so saddened to hear about the loss of such a great man. Our families met on our trip to China in 2001 to adopt our precious Shan tou angels. You took Beecher to the electronics market where he bought a Gameboy for our son, Christian. You shared videos of gotcha day when our camera didn't work. Thanks for the wonderful memories. We lift Kim & all the family up. Know that God's peace is with you all. I hope that we can stay connected since the girls are from the same orphanage. God Bless. Josena, Beecher, Christian & Jasmine Wilhelm

John Appuhn

June 6, 2011

Dear Barthel family,
I attended grade school and high school with Tony.
He was always a great guy.
He has now been promoted to a perfect place!
Please accept my thoughts and prayers.

June 6, 2011

He was an amazing guy, a person anyone would be blessed to call a friend and he will always be missed. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Mr. & Mrs. Don Portee