James “Jim” Lincoln Barth, aged 73, peacefully left our world and his cherished loved ones and friends to be with the Lord and his heavenly family and friends on March 19, 2021.
Born September 21, 1947, Jim was a lifelong resident of Wauconda and part time resident of southwest Florida where he also lived and suddenly died. Jim is best known as an avid sports fan who also played baseball and basketball at Wauconda High School until he graduated in 1965. In 1967 Jim was drafted, along with many other brave men from the Wauconda area, and served in the Army’s 4th Infantry Division. Jim served honorably in the Vietnam War receiving a Purple Heart for his bravery and service. In 1974 Jim met the love of his life Laurie who he married on May 21, 1977. During the early years of their relationship Jim always made time for his other passions softball, beers with friends (he was a "Bud" Man) and his first Corvette. Jim dearly loved his wonderful wife Laurie. Jim worked hard and played hard, but always fulfilled his most important responsibilities which was to his magnificent family. Jim was always generous with his time when it came to his kids and all kids for that matter. He coached baseball and softball and never missed important milestones in his children's lives. He loved and cherished his children and granddaughters immensely, as well as our great country, the Beatles, baseball and the New York Yankees, college football (Clemson Tigers), Corvette's (Jim had 3 in his lifetime), Texas Twin Burgers, Bangs Lake and Wauconda. Most of all he enjoyed having a cold beer with his friends and family at Lindy’s Landing, but most recently he had to settle for weekly visits in his driveway during the pandemic.
Perhaps his most notable characteristic was Jim’s ability to find the good in life, no matter what he was facing. He thought about others before himself, and would do anything for the people that were close to him. Loved by the many that he touched throughout his life, he was one of the world's greatest listeners. In his presence, he always made you feel loved. Jim’s immense strength, courage, determination, and heart lives on as his legacy, along with the countless memories held by all who knew him.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years Laurie, who called him her “Superman” for his ability to get up each day with a smile and the strength to carry on no matter how difficult the challenges were for him each day. Jim was also a devoted brother to Steven Barth (Teri), father to Brittany Barth-Niggemann (Doug), Kellen Robert Barth, Cara Leigh Barth and Ryan Sullivan. A devoted Grandfather to Avarey Fink-Barth 13, Shea Sullivan 9, and Alexa Niggemann 9. Jim was a cousin and uncle to many and a trusted friend to an innumerable amount of people.
A celebration of Jim’s life will be held May 21, 2021 at Lindy’s Landing, Wauconda, IL. Details will become available at a later date.