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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Updated Obituary: John A. Barth

John A. Barth, 47 of Butler, Missouri passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 from injuries sustained in an accident. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Saturday, April 25, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Butler, Missouri with Father Thomas Hermes officiating. Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 PM and Rosary at 7 PM, all at Mullinax Funeral Home (660-679-0009) in Butler. Burial with U.S. Navy Honors will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to a college fund for John’s children; Relay for Life MASH team; or to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Messages of condolence for the family may be left at

John Ambrose Barth was born October 17, 1967 in Seville, Spain, son of John Kurt and Grace (Boothe) Barth. With his father in the Air Force, John grew up in various locations all throughout the United States and Europe, and later spending his junior high years in Texas and graduating from Grandview High School, Grandview, Mo. in 1986. He entered the U.S. Navy, where he served for 11 years.

John met Shannon McVey Craft in 2001, and they were married February 22, 2003. John worked at Blockbuster until August of 2004 and then began working for the United States Postal Service in November of that year, an occupation he greatly enjoyed. John continued to work several other jobs while working for the postal service, always hoping to go full-time as soon as he could; sadly however, this didn’t occur and John died doing what he loved – carrying the mail.

John’s coworkers remember him as always willing to do whatever was asked of him; his friends and neighbors describe that he was always willing to help out. John loved the Kansas City Chiefs, particularly tailgating hours before a football game and watching the games with his sisters. He enjoyed (brother-in-law) Shawn’s BBQ, and afternoons at (sister-in-law) Melissa’s pool. Recently, “Papa John” loved spending time with his new grandson, Landon, whom he was always happy to watch whenever needed.

John was preceded in death by his father in 1995. He is survived by his wife, Shannon Barth of Butler; daughter Joleigh; son John Phillip; step-son Kenny Craft and wife Aleisha with grandson Landon; step-son Kyle Craft; his mother, Grace Barth; sisters: Susan Barth, Laura Hill, and Sharon Burton; nephews J.C. Hill, Victor Hill, and Freddy Hill; father and mother-in-law Mike and Patsy McVey; sister-in-law Melissa McVey and significant other Scott Lutman; brother-in-law Shawn McVey and wife Amy with daughter Caila; brother-in-law Brian McVey and wife Janette with daughter Aven; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.