Jen and Cindy- I actually ran across this by accident, and am just awestruck. I am so sorry for your loss, and for the loss your halfsiblings are experiencing. You probably don't remember me, it has been a long time-but Jen, I remember "Jif", and Cindy I remember how you were always so happy-no matter what. I hope your adult lives bring you joy and that your father rests in peace. To the family I never had the pleasure of meeting, I hope that you find comfort in knowing Tony was a strong man loved by many-Lacee
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
I'm going to miss you more than words can express. I remember when you said, "hey, you got to listen to this" as your wheels were spinning to start Liberation productions. You introduced me to the new, contemporary Christian music, that I now listen to everyday, which has been such a blessing. You always believed in me and encouraged me. You repeatedly told me, "you'll run this place one day" in which I laughed as if were such a joke, but those words have now lead me on to start completing my administrative master's degree. You were like my second father and for that I'm forever grateful. And as you were facing your last few months, you looked at me and said, "I'm so sorry", as if you were personally causing me pain of your future passing. You were compassionate for our feelings over your own, even to the end. "Coming home" will be awesome, I can't wait to see you again. Miss you so much already!
Kim, I am really disappointed that life got in the way of the four of us getting together for dinner, which we have talked about doing since we went boating late last summer. Tony was a great guy and I was so happy for you that you had found your "true love" in him. I know you'll miss your best friend, but knowing that he is no longer in pain has got to be such a relief. I remember the day you told me that you two had decided to start dating... and then not long after that, you waking me in the middle of the night to show me the rock he had put on your finger and telling me that you were getting married. It seemed like a whirlwind to me and I have to admit that I had my doubts... but then I met this prince of yours and it all made complete sense to me. I had never seen you so happy and sure of what you were doing. You were extremely lucky to have such a wonderful, loving man... even though your time together was cut short. But remember, God blessed you with over three years of love and companionship together here on earth... and now he's waiting for you to share eternity with in Heaven.
God was there with open arms for Tony. His pain and suffering are over now so he can rest in peace. With my sincerest
symphathy to all the Barthel families.
My heart aches with you during this time, but is celebrated as I remember Tony's smile. We met on our first trip to China to adopt our first daughter, the other Lily. A magical time. You all are in our prayers. Kelly Wilkinson, Lily, Willow and Camille Thompson.
We are so saddened to hear about the loss of such a great man. Our families met on our trip to China in 2001 to adopt our precious Shan tou angels. You took Beecher to the electronics market where he bought a Gameboy for our son, Christian. You shared videos of gotcha day when our camera didn't work. Thanks for the wonderful memories. We lift Kim & all the family up. Know that God's peace is with you all. I hope that we can stay connected since the girls are from the same orphanage. God Bless. Josena, Beecher, Christian & Jasmine Wilhelm
Dear Barthel family,
I attended grade school and high school with Tony.
He was always a great guy.
He has now been promoted to a perfect place!
Please accept my thoughts and prayers.
He was an amazing guy, a person anyone would be blessed to call a friend and he will always be missed. The family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Mr. & Mrs. Don Portee
I knew Tony thru Liberation Productions. I work for a local radio station that has a Christian format on Sundays (WUEV 91.5). Tony was always gracious in allowing us to be part of the promotions he was doing. My condolences go out to his family and to all those friends he leaves behind. I know we will all see each other again one day soon.
Rest in peace Anthony. May god be with your family.
Tony was many things to me, friend, advisor, inspiration but the most important was a brother in Christ. He's celebrating today and I can hardly wait to join the party. God's peace to you Kim.
From a sweet little boy you became a awsome loving man. I love you Tony. Kim, I'm so glad Tony had you to share his life with.
Tony was a loving inspiration to all of us. Peace and prayers to all the Barthels. cousin, Linda Butler, Wichita, KS.
Tony was a great friend since our days
at Purdue. He will be missed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Wishing you peace, Barthel family.......
Sorry to hear of the loss of Tony, the world was a better place with him in it.... Praying for his family!!