Franklin Joseph Barthen |

Franklin Joseph Barthen

Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Franklin Joseph Barthen, 83, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, surrounded by his loving family at his home on Bittersweet Burro Farm, Orient, Ohio. Born Aug. 7, 1926 to Joseph C. and Ethel (Chase) Barthen, his family lived in Chippewa County, Wisconsin, including the Cobban and Popple Lake communities. In 1943, he traveled by train to Columbus from Eau Claire and lived with his eldest sister Lorraine (John) Spicer, working at Jeffrey’s Machining while attending evening classes at Central High School his senior year. He served at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii through a naval contract and civil service position in the naval yards during World War II. Frank met Kathleen “Kitty” Bobst in 1947. Married in 1949, they raised eight children, and after 47 years, Frank retired as the President of Buckeye Donkey Ball Co. in 1993, finishing a very accomplished career in the fundraising and entertainment business. A “multi-generational” family business, Buckeye Donkey Ball employed many people from 1934 to the present, many who worked from the “donkey farm” on Burro Lane.Curious by nature, Frank was an avid scuba diver, and published underwater photographer – as featured in both “Skin Diver,” and “Alert Diver.” He was a member of Buckeye Divers, Columbus Sea Nags, and was among the invited speakers with Phillipe Cousteau and Dr. Eugenie Clark to the “Boston Sea Rovers” annual conference. He made presentations at the Chicago “Our World Underwater” annual symposium. Frank and Kitty traveled extensively to fifty states, and four continents, loving the company of family and friends. He often said, “if you are down by the creek, stop by,” as no one was a stranger to him. Survivors are children, Joseph Barthen (Connie) Frazeysburg, OH; Jill Barthen (Dennis) Berke; Jean (Terry) Hamilton, Columbus, OH & Pine Island, FL; Mike Barthen, Orient OH; Tina (Greg) Macklin, Upper Arlington, OH; Melinda (Colin) Lamond, Burradoo, NSW, Australia; Karen (Bill) Wentzel, New Castle, CO; Patrick (Linda) Barthen, Orient, OH; grandchildren, Frank Barthen, Adam Barthen, Kaci Barthen, Dennis (Melissa) Hamilton; Jeremy (Michelle) Hamilton; Ryan Barthen, Kathleen and James Macklin, Clara, Elizabeth, and Mary Lamond, Lee and Annie Wentzel, Jason Mooney, and Susan Nowak; great grandchildren, Abby, Maddie, Peyton, Parker, Presley, Palmer, and Gracyn. Also surviving are his sisters, Betty (Bob) Crosby and Norma Felmlee.Two sisters, Lorraine Spicer and Audrey Porn, brother Robert Barthen, and grandson Austin Barthen precede him in death. Visitation on Wed., Feb. 24, 4-8 p.m., at the Schoedinger-Norris Chapel, 3920 Broadway St., Grove City, Ohio. Celebration of life service on Thurs., Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m., with Pastor Leland Brehm officiating, Derby United Methodist Church, 11792 London Rd., Derby, OH. Lunch to follow in the Fellowship Hall. Private family internment at Pleasant Cemetery, Mt. Sterling.Memorials preferred to Derby United Methodist Church, Derby, Ohio; Westfall School Foundation, Williamsport; Pickaway County Hands for the Disabled, Circleville; and The Dawes Arboretum, Newark, Ohio. The family wishes to acknowledge the compassionate care given by all caregivers over the past several years. Friends may make on-line condolences at

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