May 17, 1926 - June 20, 2013
Gerald F. Barr, 87, Tipton, died at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at his residence. He was born May 17, 1926, in Tipton County to Churchille Barr & Gladys (Illyes) Barr Logan. On Nov. 7, 1948, he married Zoe Ann Myers, and they had been married for 64 years.
Gerald was a farmer, substitute mail route carrier and had worked at Chrysler for 30 years, retiring in December 1989. He was a member of the Kemp United Methodist Church and had served on the Pastor/Parish Relations Committee. He was the former Sunday School Superintendent and Lay Leader at Hopewell Methodist Church. He belonged to UAW Local 685, Austin Masonic Lodge #128 and the Scottish Rite.
Gerald was a past member of the Tipton Lions Club and the Rural Youth of Tipton County. He was a 1944 graduate of Prairie High School where he was the captain of the basketball team. He also played on the Jeepsters basketball team. Gerald served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Tipton American Legion. He was an enthusiastic Cubs fan.
Survivors besides his wife Zoe Ann include one son, Ron Barr and wife Regina, Tipton; one daughter, Pam Tolle and husband Steve, Windfall; seven grandchildren, Jamie Barr, Ryan Barr, Deena Dodd and husband Mike, Tina Rhodes and husband Dustin, Barry Tolle and wife Amanda, Tracy Bean and husband Jeremy, and Matt Deckard and wife April; and 12 great-grandchildren, Austin Barr, Kyle Williams, Kaitlin Williams, Haley Williams, Courtney Everman, Dustin Rhodes, Jr., Trout Rhodes, Mason Yeagley, McKenna Tolle, Madison Deckard, Delanie Deckard and Abriella Deckard.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Eugene Barr.
Funeral services for Gerald will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kemp United Methodist Church, 228 N. Main Street, Tipton, with the Rev. Phil Collier presiding. Burial will follow in Normanda Cemetery with military honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, all at the church. A Masonic service will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Kemp United Methodist Church. Young-Nichols Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.