David William BarthenDavid William Barthen, 65, from Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Superior and Salinas, Calif., died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tenn. He had been fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma since 2002.
David William Barthen, 65, from Johnson City, Tenn., formerly of Superior and Salinas, Calif., died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tenn. He had been fighting Hodgkin's Lymphoma since 2002.
David was born on June 6, 1947 in Superior, the son of James (Sr.) and Agnes Barthen.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy "Louise" (Dennis "Willie") Staggs of Mena, Ark.
David is survived by his loyal and loving wife Sherry, Johnson City, Tenn., whom he married on May 13, 1984. Also surviving are two sons, Bill (Danielle) Barthen of Baraboo, Wis. and Joe Zinmer of Superior; three stepchildren, Tammy Cole, Michael Delouisa, and Nicole Moreau, all of California; two sisters, Mary Ann (Walter "Mick") Nilsen of Superior and Judy Bergstrom of Kenosha, Wis; and two brothers, Dick Barthen of Gray, Tenn. and Jim (Marlys) Barthen, Jr. of Superior.
David was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, served a tour in Vietnam, and attained the rank of staff sergeant. He was a member of the John L. and David L. Banks Post (418) of the American Legion in South Range for 36 years. He retired from the County of Monterey in Salinas, Calif. where he was an expert HVAC Mechanic for more than 18 years.
In his free time, he enjoyed restoring old Mopar classics, following NASCAR, and rooting for the Green Bay Packers. Wealthy in faith and spirit, David was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Johnson City, Tenn. and he watched Pastor Joyce Meyer on cable television nearly every day.
David's family appreciates the professional, dignified care of the Quillen VAMC staff and services of Appalachian Funeral Home. Burial with a graveside service is expected at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21 at the Mountain Home (Tenn.) National Cemetery with military honors.