Gary Barr

Gary Warren Barr

Tuesday, August 12th, 1947 - Sunday, August 4th, 2019
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Gary Warren Barr, 71, of Independence, Missouri passed away August 4, 2019. He was born August 12, 1947 to Warren F. Barr and Ruth V. (Roberts) Barr. Having lost his parents at an early age Gary was lovingly raised by his Uncle Jake (Barr) and Aunt Louise. He attended William Chrisman High School where he met his high school sweetheart and wife of 50 years Nancy (Borgman), standing in line at the pencil sharpener in Mr. Herrick’s Geometry Class. After graduation in 1967 Gary trained in tool and die making before enlisting in the U.S. Navy to serve his country during the Vietnam War, 1968-1972. Before leaving active duty he earned the rank of Petty Officer First Class, and later returned to serve in the Naval Reserve. Gary and Nancy were married July 3, 1969 at the 32nd Street Naval Base Chapel in San Diego, California.

After the Navy, Gary returned to Independence where he and Nancy made their home and lived their married life on Main Street. Gary was a machinist and tool and die maker by trade. He was a union man and worked many years as a member of the CWA for Western Electric and then AT&T, eventually retiring after 32 years from Avaya. Gary was a skilled craftsman, a master repairman, and enjoyed woodworking. He and Nancy spent the past 30 years working to restore the Historic Bryant Home on South Main Street to is original grandeur. He particularly loved collecting and restoring antiques and took great pride in his antique car collection. He was a member of the Heart of America Model A Ford Club, Plain Old A’s, and Ararat Shrine Antique Auto Club. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Independence. He was Master Mason, Past Master of McDonald Lodge #324, and a member of the Ararat Shrine and Scottish Rite. Gary had a great respect for his membership with Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Tribe of Mic-O-Say, an Eagle Scout, a Scoutmaster, and later enjoyed scouting with his grandson and helping him to achieve his Eagle Scout ranking. Gary fancied himself as a biker at heart and was a proud H.O.G. (member of the Harley Owners Group). He was a proud Veteran and lifetime member of the VFW Post #1000.

Those who loved Gary will remember him for being one of the hardest working, hardest loving men they’ve ever known. He loved his wife Nancy most of all, but his family and friends always knew they ran a close second. He was greatly humbled by how God had blessed his life and expressed his gratitude daily. He knew that God had blessed him with many mentors throughout his life so he worked hard to mentor others.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Warren and Ruth, Brother John (Jack) Barr, and Uncle Jake and Aunt Louise. He is survived by his wife Nancy, daughters Jennifer Rentfro (Aaron) and Christina Leakey (Brian), both of Independence; and grandchildren Madalyn Leakey, Jessup Leakey and Kennedy Rentfro.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to the First Baptist Church 1896 Sanctuary Restoration Fund, 500 W. Truman Road, Independence, 64050, or Boy Scouts of America, Heart of America Council Camperships Program, 10210 Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 9:30am - 11:00am
    First Baptist Church of Independence
  • Service

    Friday, August 9th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday, August 9th, 2019 11:00am
    First Baptist Church of Independence
  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    701 S. Noland Road
    Independence, MO 64050
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Kathy Massing (Billings)

Posted at 08:06am
I am so very very sorry for your loss. I remember many afternoons at the Barr house throughout my school years—some of my favorite. What a loving family man who will be so greatly missed. I will be thinking and praying for you all. All of my love-Kathy (Billings) Massing

Vicki Velha Howe

Posted at 09:44pm
Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. You knew from when you met Gary that he was your true love, and you were so right. May your memories give you comfort. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Ki Ki DesCombes

Posted at 05:54pm
Nancy, Jennifer and Christina, so sad to hear about your Dad and husband. It wasn't that long ago Mom and I
got to see Nancy and Gary walking out of Sam's club. The times we were able to hang out with all of you at Hermann
are times we all truly cherish. Gary was always a kind, and funny guy. Our deepest sympathy for you all.
Many hugs and tears for you all,
Jeane Barnett, Julie Barnett, Danny and Ki Ki DesCombes

Mary Shelton

Posted at 09:04am
My sympathy to Gary's family. I remember when he was born and I remember both of his parents. They were such nice people and his Mother was beautiful. My father and Gary's were childhood friends. His father was a sweet, kind person so I am not surprised that Gary turned out to be a great husband, father and friend to all. Mary Lou Fields Shelton

Linda Rinehart

Posted at 07:59pm
Nancy and family, so sorry for your tragic loss. Prayers to your family for strength and the holy spirits comforting hand as you face this loss.
Linda (Horn) Rinehart

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