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Celebration of Life Sunday for Robert Barthel

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Robert Henry Barthel, Sr., age 87, of Portage, Ind., passed away on March 10, 2014.

He was born on November 25, 1926, in Gary, Ind., to Henry and Francis (Kloer) Barthel, both of whom preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Judith Barthel; sons Robert H. (Dina) Barthel Jr. and their children, Angeline, Cathleen, and Dylan of Portage, as well as Jaimee R. Barthel of Sturgis, Mich., and Staff Sergeant Robert J. Barthel of Fort Sam Huston in San Antonio, Texas, and daughter Kathryn Covert, and her son Bo Covert, of Chesterton, Ind., as well as six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his first wife of 34 years Angeline (nee Blatsioris) Barthel and sister Elizabeth McCathren.

Robert was a veteran of WWII and served as a Flight Engineer on a PBY (Flying Goose). He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, during the war and came home where he soon married Angeline Blatsioris and became a General Contractor. He designed and built many restaurants such as the original Around The Clock on Broadway in Merrillville and Arman’s restaurant in South Haven, which later became The Rosewood Grill. He loved to collect magazines and designing ideas for inventions.

Memorial services will be held at Augsburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, 100 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter, Ind., at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Clancy’s Irish Pub, 2542 Portage Mall, Portage, Ind., on Sunday, March 16, at 3 p.m. Friends and relatives are invited to attend.

Arrangements are being handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 6941 Central Ave., Portage. Cremation provided by Heritage Crematory, Portage.

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Posted 3/24/2014