Kenneth P. Barber

Kenneth P. Barber

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Kenneth P. Barber, age 77, died Sunday, May 14, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. After an extended illness, Ken was at peace with the idea of not having to just imagine heaven any longer. He is now with Jesus, experiencing it first-hand.

 

Survivors include his devoted wife of 31 years, Shirley of Mansfield; his children Ken (Elainia) Barber, Rob (Elizabeth) Conrad, Lori (Bill) Holzworth, Rick (Kelli) Conrad, Lainie (Robert) Kral; sister Evelyn (Don) Betts; brothers Robert Barber, Roy (Lee) Barber; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; son David; brothers Roger, Harley, and Ralph; sisters Alice and Joyce.

 

Born September 19, 1940 in Mansfield, OH to Harley and Pearl (McFarland) Barber, he grew up on the family farm in Shelby, OH. He was a 1958 graduate of Shelby HS and lived in Richland County his entire life. He retired from Empire Detroit/ARMCO Steel in January 1994 after 34 years of service.

 

Retirement did not slow down Ken's life. He was passionate about many things - God, his family, genealogy, trains, and photography. Retirement gave him time to dive into those passions. We recall him behind the camera at every grandkid's sporting event, family gathering, church event, vacation, and wedding. Trips to the Smokey mountains, Amish country, lighthouses, family reunions, covered bridges, and every Christmas celebration were always captured on film. He published a 200-page book of the Barber and McFarland family histories, as well as gathering the history of the Kudika and Young families. Ken was a member at Trinity United Methodist. Over the years he took mission trips with the youth, led Sunday School classes, and accomplished the challenging Walk to Emmaus. He was always learning, always teaching, always drawing closer to God, and bringing us with him along the way.

 

He will continue to live in the hearts of his family as we remember him for the loving, patient, generous, and passionate man he was. He was warm, friendly, and we never saw him without a smile on his face. Although no public service will be held, his family hopes you will hold him in your heart as you remember him in your own special way.

 

The family is extremely grateful for the incredible Hospice staff who provided talented care and amazing support for the past 17 months. As you are moved, memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospice, 335 Glessner Ave, Mansfield, OH 44903, or to Trinity United Methodist Church, Mansfield, OH.

 

He clung to the old rugged Cross, but now his day has come to exchange it for a crown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words of comfort may be expressed at www.wappner.com

 

 

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