Luther Irvin Barth

December 5, 1917April 15, 2014

Luther Irvin “Mooney” Barth, 96, of Mohnton, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Chestnut Knoll Personal Care Home in Boyertown.

Born in Reading on December 5, 1917, he a son of the late Frederick and Sallie (Reeser) Barth. Mooney was a 1934 graduate of Reading High School.

Mooney joined the US Army on April 1, 1941 as a Radio Operator during WWII. He was in 190th Field Artillery and landed on the beaches of Normandy the day after D-Day. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, and the European Middle Eastern Service Medal with 5 Bronze Service Stars.

After returning home, he worked at his family butch shop with his late brother, Charles. Later, he went into insurance sales and then became a sales representative for Wolverine Worldwide. Mooney was a long time member of the St. John’s Lodge No. 435, Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. He was also member of the Green Valley Country Club.

Mooney was a member of the Arbor Society and he loved puttering around his farm, planting different kinds of trees that he received from them. Surviving are three children: Steven Barth of Exeter Twp., Michael Barth of Klinefeltersville and Heather Barth-Manrodt and her husband Bob of Reading; two grandchildren: Jenah and Jesse Barth of Exeter Twp. and his very good friend and ex-wife, Dorothy Mae Barth.

Mooney is predeceased by a son, L. Alan Barth; three sisters: Irene Himmelberger, Dorothy Sands and Grace Searfoss and four brothers: Daniel, Harold, Charles and Paul Barth.

A graveside committal will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 1pm. Family and friends are asked to meet in Auman’s Inc. Funeral Home, 390 W. Neversink Rd., Reiffton by 12:30pm on Monday to form the funeral cortège.

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April 22, 2014

Steve, Mike, and Heather... I know you are feeling the loss and sadness of your dad, and I send my thoughts and condolences to all of you. I am filled with memories of all the great times we all had between our two families. Your dad was always pleasant, a smile on his face, and something nice to say to us kids, no matter what. I remember swimming at the farm in the mud bottom pool, going up Green Tree Hill in the Studebakers, getting several pair of Hush Puppies golf shoes (very comfortable) from your dad, playing at the house / yard, Lou always would have a funny line to say. My mom and dad had years of fun with your parents dancing every Saturday night, Lou and Dottie sure could dance. Kathy and I did actually go along with the gang to Green Valley once in a while, lots of fun with them. Also, my dad did enjoy golf with Lou whenever they got together on Monday mornings. So many great memories of a really great guy. I will never forget.

Tom Hornberger

Deb and Norm Dorward

April 21, 2014

Aunt Dorothy, Steve, Mike, and Heather;
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Norm has been in Germany since the beginning of February, working on an installation for his job. He sends his regrets that he will not be able to express his sympathies in person, but you will all be in our thoughts during the graveside services.
With our deepest sympathies, Deb and Norm Dorward

Troy Crammer

April 20, 2014

Aunt Dorothy, Mike, Steve, and Heather. My thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time. May your memories bring ease to your sadness. I will always remember following him around the farm when I was a child. He would always explain what we were doing. Whether it was walking through the rows of fruit trees, feeding the horses or even just showing me his farming equipment in the big barn. What a wonderful man. He will be missed!

Michael Mescavage

April 19, 2014

May your loved one soar on Eagles wings for the Great Courage HE has shown,
Our Freedom which HE fought for and His love of country for which he gave.
The members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart
Michael J. Mescavage, Cmdr.
Dept. of Pennsylvania
Military Order of the Purple Heart

Darlene Thomas

April 17, 2014

Steve, Mike, and Heather so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

Dave Leonti

April 17, 2014

Steve, Mike, & Heather, Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Cathie Evans

April 17, 2014

Steve, Mike, and Heather...Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. Know that my thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Peace.

Ron & Debbi Ciervo

April 17, 2014

Steve, Mike, and Heather - please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your dad.

Kathy Organtini Glaeser

April 17, 2014

Mike, Steve and Heather...My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time...I'm so sorry for your loss.