– Dan was born to Michael and Mary Barth on a farm just south of Minot, North Dakota, on Sept. 12, 1923. He passed at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13th, 2016.
He is survived by his two daughters, Sonja Manley of Polson and Dawn Rossai of Morgan Hill, California; a brother, Anthony "Tony" of Fairbanks, Alaska; a sister, Eva Klein of Puyallup, Washington; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes; his parents; his brothers, Frank, Valentine, Max and Leonard; and his sisters, Mary, Pauline Kahm and Monica Schmidt.
Dan is remembered for his talent and willingness to always improve upon the home. Without formal training, he was good at roofing and built two garages that enhanced both of the homes that he and Agnes owned. In spite of having physically challenging jobs, he always maintained the yards so that the grass was lush, the hedges and rose bushes were trimmed, and the garden was abundant with vegetables. Just looking at the homes gave us and those passing by a sense of a pleasant order. He always kept all vehicles in tip-top shape, running great and looking great. He had a good sense of humor and fun, as well as an uncanny ability to "size up the character of a person."
As a youth growing up in North Dakota during the farming era, Dan contributed greatly to his family's well-being because he was industrious and hardworking. He was well liked and appreciated by his employers, some of whom would visit him in Missoula after he had moved west.
Dan married Agnes, who had two girls she was raising on her own. His contribution to his new family and home life helped create some rewarding memories.
His physical sufferings took place for more than a decade, eroding his ability to enjoy the day or his life. He will be remembered for the good things he brought into all of our lives.
Rest in peace, Dad. Your suffering has ceased, and you are much-loved by your late-in-life family, Sonja and Dawn.