It is with sadness that we announce the death of retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, James J. Barta, Sr. on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Judge Barta served as a Bankruptcy Referee in the Eastern District of Missouri beginning in 1978, then a Bankruptcy Judge from 1986 through 2006, including three stints as Chief Judge. Before serving with the Court, Judge Barta had worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Missouri and with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Judge Barta was a graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX and of Saint Louis University School of Law. Information about services to be held for Judge Barta are found at https://kutisfuneralhomes.com/barta-james-j-sr/.