John "Rick" Barter Obituary

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John "Rick" Frederick Barter

January 27, 1947 - December 27, 2013
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John "Rick" Frederick Barter, 66, of Evansville, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013, at Deaconess Hospital, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He was born January 27, 1947, in Evansville, the son of John P. and Kathryn (Weiss) Barter He was a life-long West Sider who claimed to have been attending Fall Festivals "since before I was born." He was a 1965 graduate of Central High School and a 1970 graduate of University of Evansville. For the past 12 years Rick worked for the State of Indiana as a property tax hearing appeals judge, until poor health forced him to retire earlier this year. But he was a newspaperman...
John "Rick" Frederick Barter, 66, of Evansville, passed away Friday, December 27, 2013, at Deaconess Hospital, from complications of Parkinson's Disease. He was born January 27, 1947, in Evansville, the son of John P. and Kathryn (Weiss) Barter

He was a life-long West Sider who claimed to have been attending Fall Festivals "since before I was born." He was a 1965 graduate of Central High School and a 1970 graduate of University of Evansville. For the past 12 years Rick worked for the State of Indiana as a property tax hearing appeals judge, until poor health forced him to retire earlier this year. But he was a newspaperman at heart, beginning his career at the Evansville Courier before he was out of school and moving later to the Evansville Sunday Courier and Press where he worked for more than 20 years, rising through the ranks from general assignment reporter, sports and entertainment writer/theater critic, culminating in the rank of news editor when the Sunday paper closed in 1986. During his career, he influenced a generation of young reporters, some of whom have since made their own marks in larger media markets across the country.

Rick was a consummate storyteller who will be best remembered for his broad range of interests, his intellectual prowess, prolific writing skills (especially under deadline), and rapier wit. He was active for many years with Evansville Civic Theatre, the Jacobsville Neighborhood Association and in local Democratic politics. He joined the Catholic Faith in 2008 and became a member of St. Mary Catholic Church where he was active in his support of the Rainbow Catholics in Christ organization and St. Vincent DePaul Society.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene Barter; and niece, Amanda.

He is survived by his companion, Robert Minar; close friend, Dr. Jane Hormuth; sister-in-law, Susie Barter; niece, Stacy Barter; aunt, Hilda Hitch; numerous cousins, including Pat Carter, Danny Carter, Mary Ellen Campbell, Mary June Hanson, Paul Weiss and Bruce, Steve and Sam Barter; and a host of close friends and former colleagues.

Services will be 10:00 AM Thursday, January 2, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 613 Cherry Street, officiated by Fr. Steven Lintzenich, with entombment at a later date in Alexander Memorial Park. Friends may visit Wednesday from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, with a Memorial Service at 3:00 PM, at Alexander West Chapel, 2100 West Illinois Street.

Rick's friends and family wish to thank Norma Roll and the staff at the Rathbone Retirement Home for their compassionate care for Rick in his final weeks of life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church Outreach Ministries or to the Vanderburgh Humane Society. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderWestChapel.com.

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