Barnhart, Esther Jane 92 of Tipp City, OH passed away Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Sterling House, Troy, OH.  Born November 7, 1924 in Miami County, OH to John R. and Elizabeth {Funderburg} Demmitt.  Esther lived her whole life in and around the Ginghamsburg area.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert G. Barnhart and brother, M. Barry “Butch” Demmitt.  She is survived by her sons, Terry R. (Margi) Barnhart, Broomfield, CO and Timothy R. (Dolores) Barnhart, Tipp City, brother, J. Richard (Marcia) Demmitt, 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

Esther worked for almost 60 years as an office clerk, executive secretary and receptionist.  Her employers include; Leland Electric, Whiteneck Insurance, EF McDonald Insurance, Springhill Nursery, A. O. Smith Corp., Manpower Temp Services and McCulley Propeller Co.

She also found time to be involved as a 4-H leader, and was a member of the Tippecanoe High School Band Parents, Monroe Township Grange and the Tipp City Lions Club with her husband. 

Esther began playing the piano at the age of 12 and was an organist at the old EUB Church in Ginghamsburg.  In later years she played part-time at Greenville Creek United Church of Christ near Covington.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at FRINGS AND BAYLIFF FUNERAL HOME 327 W. Main St., Tipp City, OH 45371; Pastor Bonita Ritchie officiating.  Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 1:00 PM at the funeral home.  Donations may be made in loving memory of Esther to the Tipp City United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.  To leave a condolence or share a memory with the family please visit