Julius Oskar Barth, who founded graphic design firm Julius Barth & Associates Inc. and established long-standing ties with Indiana’s RV industry, died unexpectedly in his home July 31. Barth, a 34-year resident of Middlebury, was 79.
A German native, Barth moved to Indiana in 1979, and oversaw the agency with his wife, Julienne, until it was sold to Burlington Graphic Systems Inc., Racine, Wis., in 2009. His firm served many of the largest and most successful RV companies in the community, pioneering many new concepts in exterior graphics and design for RVs, boats and other outdoor leisure products. Three of his sons and both of his daughters worked alongside him at different times in a business that gained a reputation as a leading graphic design firm in the RV industry.
He was born July 6, 1934, in the Sudetanland region of Germany to Julius and Irma (Görg) Barth. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Julienne (Frank) Barth, and their children Connie (Sidney) Dew of Middlebury, Rudiger (Katherine) Barth of Long Beach, Thomas (Melissa) Barth of Middlebury, Matthew (Michelle) Krueger of Mansfield, Mo., Bruce Krueger of Middlebury, Christopher (Frances) Barth of Goshen and Julienne Martha Barth of Santa Fe, N.M.
He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Stephanie (John) King, Jennifer Welcher, Thomas and Hunter Barth, Hannah Barth, Zoë and Evelyn Barth, and Matthew David, Justine, Lily and Gunther Krueger. Also surviving are his sisters, Irma Peters of Löchnitz, Germany, and Christl (Manfred) Schmidt of Fürstenwald, Germany, and 40 other cherished relatives in Germany. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Martha.
Visitation hours will be at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday evenings, Aug. 8 and 9. A funeral service with Holy Eucharist will be observed Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. at St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church, Bristol, where Julius served on the vestry for a number of years. Burial will be in St. John of the Cross Cemetery.
Flowers are welcome or donations to the Boys & Girls Club of Middlebury in lieu of flowers would also be appreciated. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.stemmlawsonpeterson.com