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Norman J Barga


Norman J. Barga, 93, Union City, Indiana, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2015, in the State of the Heart Hospice Unit at Wayne Hospital, Greenville, Ohio.  He was born on April 22, 1921, to Arthur and Carrie (Schwartz) Barga in Darke County, Ohio.  He attended a one-room school house in Brock, Ohio, thru the 8th grade after which he began working full time on his family farm.  He enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 to serve in World War II and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant.  While in the service, he received his high school diploma and went on to become an instructor, a mechanic and a pilot. 

Norman was a farmer by trade and also worked as an auto mechanic, but he was known by most people in the community as the “Lawn Mower Man” because of the lawn mower repair shop he operated until 2006 when he “retired” at the age of 85. 

Norman was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Union City, where he served as a lector, usher, eucharistic minister, religious education teacher and church council member. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as a city councilman for City of Union City.  He was very involved with his community over the years.  He thrived on social interaction, was always quick with a smile, a joke and a genuine concern for the well-being of those around him.

 He is survived his wife Edna (Goodner) Barga whom he married on January 19, 1946, his brother, Tom Barga of Vandalia, Ohio, along with his children, Jeff Barga, Anita (Larry) Amspaugh and Fred (Cindy) Barga, all of Union City, Indiana, and Dan (Marianne) Barga of Sylvania, Ohio; his grandchildren, Matthew, Micah & Christopher Barga, A.J. (Heidi) Amspaugh & Kyle (Ashlee) Amspaugh, Madeline & Elizabeth Barga, and Adam Barga, and five great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Mike & David Barga, brothers, Nelson Barga, Marvin Barga, Richard Barga, and sister Ann (Barga) George Wehrley.

Norman has donated his body to the Indiana University School of Medicine to be used for the education of students in the health professions. He chose to do this in honor of his children and grandchildren who are involved in many different medical fields.  There will be a public Memorial Mass for family and friends on Saturday, January 10, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Union City, Indiana.  Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Church or to Hospice of Darke County.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.reichardfh.com.

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Jeff:  I just had a feeling tonight I should look you up online, and was so sad to read this re. your father.  I recall having dinner with your parents and siblings on a chilly Memorial Day back in the '80s.  I hope you have accepted this loss and are doing well.  Everyone in your family was so kind and welcoming, especially your parents.  Plz don't hesitate to contact me.  I remember you and Skoshi (?) in my nightly prayers.  God bless, c.

Cindy Vrabel Harness Sep 5 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Connie (Martin) Lauer and Laura (Martin) Tio and families Jan 12 2015 12:00 AM

The world is a much better place for having had Norman, his faith, love, compassion, wit and intelligence in it.  Tony and I always held him in highest esteem.  He will be missed.  I'm so sorry I cannot attend his memorial Mass.  I just can't bring myself to do that yet.  Please forgive me.  My prayers are for peace, comfort and soothing memories for all who love him.  

Linda Puccini Jan 10 2015 12:00 AM

Edna, Jeff, Anita, Dan, Fred and families,
Remembering all the good times I had with your Dad at our store as well as the many sleep overs I had with your family.  We loved him deeply.....a life well spent. We had previous plans for Saturday or I would have been there.  Peace to all of you.

Robert & Annett Swallow Jan 10 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.  hugs,  and prayers to the family.

Cindy ( Hart ) Sparks Jan 10 2015 12:00 AM

The loss of a family member is difficult, but eased when the man who has passed has lived a life of love, service and honor......and lived it fully.  I send prayers to the Barga extended family.

Don Corbin Jan 10 2015 12:00 AM

I am sorry to read of Norman passing.  May prayers strengthen you and memories comfort you.  May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father strengthen your hearts and make you firm.  (2 Thessalonians 2:16, 17; Acts 24:15)

Alston Jan 9 2015 12:00 AM

I was so sadden to hear the passing of Norman.  I had him as a patient in pulmonary rehab at St. Vincent Randolph Hospital in Winchester.  He was such a sweet person and I so enjoyed getting to know him and seeing him twice a week.  We had kept in touch for awhile after he finished his sessions.  Please know I am thinking of the family and of him.  I am sure he is smiling down on everyone and breathing so much better!  I wanted to attend the memorial but am just not able to make it.  My prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.   Cheryl Dunham

Cheryl Dunham Jan 9 2015 12:00 AM

Anita and family,
I am so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. He was an amazing man who put his faith into action.

Sandy Hoying Jan 9 2015 12:00 AM

Anita and family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. May you be surrounded with love and prayers and feel much comfort through great memories that I'm sure you all have.

Janie Mote Modica Jan 9 2015 12:00 AM

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