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Arthur Barthman

October 3, 1936 — October 10, 2021

Two Harbors

Arthur C. Barthman, 85, formerly of Two Harbors, went home to meet Our Lord on October 10, 2021 at the Warroad Senior Living Center in Warroad, Minnesota. He was surrounded by loving family and friends.

Arthur was born to Arthur F. and Clara (Klopf) Barthman on October 3, 1936 in Dayton, Ohio, and attended Chaminade High School for boys in Dayton, Ohio.

Arthur served 6 years as a Corporal in the United States Army, as an MP working with German Shepheds and was stationed in Seoul, Korea. He met the love of his life, Betty (Muckenhirn) Barthman via a pen pal correspondance for single Catholics. They married on July 12, 1969 at St. Peter’s Church in Delano, MN, and shared 50 wonderful years of living and loving together.

Arthur worked for Haver Lockhart in the Minneapolis area for a number of years, but it was Arthur’s dearest wish to live on Lake Superior’s North Shore. Arthur and Betty built their home in Two Harbors with a view of the Lake, and lived there happily for 40 years. After the move up north, Arthur worked at Reserve Mining Company, owned his own house-painting business, and later worked as a Security Officer for St. Mary’s hospital in Duluth, MN.

Arthur was a devoted husband and father who adored his grandchildren. He was never too busy to spend time with his family, be it a game of checkers or or a phone call on a Sunday afternoon. He had a wonderfully dry sense of humor, and his deep blue eyes twinkled whenever he found something amusing. Arthur’s lifelong guilty pleasures were World War II memoribilia and Hollywood movies. Arthur appreciated the simple things in life; he loved sitting on the porch listening to the wind rustle through the trees, driving up the lakeshore to look at the beauty of nature, or tinkering in his workshop. His basset hounds were his other babies-he loved animals, and dogs in particular. Arthur was a gentle giant, deeply devout, the kindest of souls and the best of men. In his final hours his only concern was making sure that his family knew that they were loved.

Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty in 2019, and his older sister Marilyn.

He is survived by his children, Brian Barthman, Anna Barthman, Celia Barthman, and Christine (Matt) Prusak; grandchildren Cara, Andrea, Alisha, Cole, Levi, Julia, and Creed; and his younger sister, Nancy.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00, followed by the Rosary on Wednesday, October 20th at Cavallin Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 21st at Holy Spirit Cathholic Church in Two Harbors. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. To share your memories or condolences online please visit

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

5:00 - 7:00pm (Central time)

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Mass of Christian Burial

Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Lakeview Cemetery, Minnesota)


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