James Barber


James H. Barber, 85, of Defiance, passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center.

He was born in Defiance on March 22, 1928, the son of the late Charles D. and Josephine B. (DeHaus) Barber. James was employed at Central Foundry Division of General Motors for 35 years, retiring in 1986, where he worked in quality control and the pattern shop. He later owned and operated a carpentry and joinery business. He served overseas in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a cook, was a member of St. John Catholic Church, served on the church council, a CCD Instructor for religious education, a Eucharistic Lay distributor, was a Fourth Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus Council 1039, worked as a cook for the K of C fish fries, was a hospice volunteer and served as a board member of the Ayersville Water & Sewer District. His lifelong hobby was golf and one time in 1963, he hit a hole-in-one.

James was married September 9, 1950, to Valeria E. (Wagner) Barber, who survives. They were blessed with 63 years of marriage.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, Valeria, and five children, William (Pamela) Barber of Bowling Green, Ohio, Louise (Gary) Van Cleef of Marco Island, Fla., David (Deirdre) Barber of Greensburg, Pa., Jeffrey (Jane) Barber of Defiance, and Jennifer (Greg) Cira of Highland Heights, Ohio. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John, Thomas and Charles Barber; and a sister, Katherine Barber.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Catholic Church at 11 a.m. Friday, February 28, 2014, with Father Todd Dominique officiating. Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. and Thursday from 2-8 p.m., at the Lawson-Roessner Funeral Home, Defiance. A vigil service will be 7:30 p.m. today. The 4th Degree Knights of Columbus will stand honor guard Thursday night. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, where VFW Post 3360 will conduct honorary military rites.

In lieu of flowers, blankets and monuments, the family suggests memorials to the CHP Defiance Area In-Patient Hospice Center, St. John Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 1039. Condolences may be shared at www.lawsonroessner.com.

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