He was born April 24, 1917, in Pittsburgh, Pa. to Louis and Amelia (Huegle) Barbin.
Louis served his country in the United States Army during World War II. He married Mildred Snyder on April 29, 1944, in Columbus, Ind. Shortly, they moved to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he worked at Pennsylvania Transformer until relocating to Columbus. There he owned a small grocery store called Walt and Lou's Market. In 1956, he and his family relocated to Terre Haute where he worked for Allis Chalmers as a foreman. He and his wife moved to Lakeland, Fla., in 1984 and enjoyed their years there before moving to the Brazil area in 2004. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terre Haute for 30 years and is currently a member at The First Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In his free time he enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, and loved the sport of baseball.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Mildred in 2006 following 62 wonderful years together, infant son Philip, brother Paul Barbin and sister Ruth Viereck.
He is survived by one son, Louis Paul Barbin and wife Barb, Terre Haute, three daughters Joyce Ellen McCullough and husband Michael, Brazil, Gail Anne Meeker and husband Steve, Brazil, and Joan Arlene Meeker and husband Harry, Terre Haute, 11 grandchildren, Amy Banta and husband Eric, Kim Dennis and husband Keith, Jenny Payne and husband Geoff, Adam Hudock, Aaron Meeker, Nathan Meeker, Philip Meeker, Jessica Meeker, Luke Meeker, Heather Walborn and husband Brian, and Jared McCullough and wife Heather, nine great-grandchildren, Alex Banta, Savannah Banta, Chloe Dennis, Chelsea Dennis, Samantha Payne, Laura Payne, Jacob Payne, Hudson and Lilian McCullough.
Services will be at First Presbyterian Church, in Brazil, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Gary Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at French Funeral Home, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, from 4-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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