Mr. Barr died at 11:13 p.m., Saturday, May 25, 2013, at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center, Poplar Bluff, Missouri.
He was born March 20, 1923, at Oskaloosa, Kansas, to James Robert Barr and Alice Elizabeth Biddick Barr. He graduated from Thomasville High School with the Class of 1942 and on November 7, 1952, he was married at Salem, Arkansas, to Loeta Ruth Gunter. Mr. Barr was a veteran having served with the United States Army during World War II, earning a Purple Heart. He attended the Ozarks Honor Flight in October, 2011, with his son, Gary. Before his retirement, he worked as a farmer and a carpenter. He enjoyed gardening, oil painting, flowers, bird watching and his old Ford tractor, but most of all his family. He built a lily pond with rocks from his farm, where he enjoyed many picnics surrounded by his family. Mr. Barr was baptized at an early age and was a member of the Curry Street Church of Christ. He was a beautiful soul and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Loeta Barr, of the family home; two children, Gary Barr, wife, D’Laine and Ruth Neely, husband, Don, all of West Plains, Missouri; four grandchildren, Brad Barr, wife, Jennifer, Rover, Missouri, Michael Neely, Springfield, Missouri, Alice Alba, husband, Ben, Huntington Beach, California and Allison Neely, West Plains, Missouri; and one great-granddaughter, Bella Bar.
His parents, three brothers, John, Robert and Fred Barr and one sister, Ellen Washington, three sisters-in-law, Temple Barr, Willie Barr and Vivian Barr, one brother-in-law, Edward Washington; and two granddaughters, Nancy Ruth and Angela Michelle, precede him in death.
Mr. Barr will lie in state from 2:00 p.m., Wednesday until service time at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Elk Creek Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Elk Creek Cemetery or Disabled American Veterans, and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.robertsondrago.com.