In memory of
William Roy "Bill" Barber
In memory of
William Roy "Bill" Barber
William Roy 'Bill' Barber Oct. 22, 1924 - April 30, 2020 Dearly loved father, brother, friend and counselor, Bill Barber, of Lake Oswego, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, John and Mandy Barber, in Corvallis. He was 95. Bill was born Oct. 22, 1924 in Salem, Ore., the second son of William Hugh and Grace Stewart Barber. He joined the Navy the month that he turned 18, and spent WWII in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and resumed his studies at Willamette University, pursuing a degree in Romance Languages. There, he met Jean Carrico, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They married Dec. 10, 1949 and, in 1953, were joined by a daughter, Diana Ruth. As director and house parent(s) at what was then Skipworth Juvenile Home, in Springfield, Bill found a calling in social work. They moved to Colorado where Bill attained his MSW at the University of Denver. Returning to Oregon in the summer of 1958, the family settled on Oak Street, later renamed Oak Terrace, in Lake Oswego. A son, John William, was born that fall, completing their family. Bill spent the majority of his career as an Adult & Family Therapist with the Tualatin Valley Mental Health Center, in Beaverton, retiring in 1989. Bill and Jean enjoyed many happy years of retirement together, traveling, gardening, and passionately supporting humanitarian causes. They were active members of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. Bill's life was characterized by compassion, humor, and service to others. He did pro bono counseling for the church, the Suicide Hotline, and anyone, young or old, who needed a nonjudgmental listening ear. Their grandchildren were a special joy, and Bill and Jean loved attending their many plays, concerts and sporting events. Jean passed away in September, 2005, after almost 56 years of marriage. Bill continued to live on Oak Street, sustained by the loyal companionship of his dear friends and neighbors, Jackie and Stan Aschenbrenner, Joyce and Chris Swift, and Kathy Kremer and Stephen Young. Bill is much missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Dave Roberts; their son and daughter-in-law, Don and May Mitchell Roberts; and great-grandchildren, Devlin, Patz, and Finnian, of Anchorage, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law, John and Amanda (Mandy) Barber, of Corvallis, Ore.; grandchildren, Kaitlin (Josh) Hoffman, Erin (Kyle) Brown; great-grand-daughter, Georgia Lily Brown; grandson, Daniel Barber; sister, Ruth Simpson, of Kingman, Ariz.; brother, Martin and sister-in-law, Arkley Barber, of Golden, Colo., and their families; along with many loving friends. A memorial service will be held at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church on a date to be determined. Burial will be at Roseburg National Cemetery in Roseburg, Ore. Remembrances may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting, in memory of William "Bill" Barber, at OPB.org/Contribute, or mailed to OPB, 7140 S. Macadam Ave., Portland, OR. 97219. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
William Roy "Bill" Barber
William Roy 'Bill' Barber Oct. 22, 1924 - April 30, 2020 Dearly loved father, brother, friend and counselor, Bill Barber, of Lake Oswego, passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, April 30, 2020, at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, John and Mandy Barber, in Corvallis. He was 95. Bill was born Oct. 22, 1924 in Salem, Ore., the second son of William Hugh and Grace Stewart Barber. He joined the Navy the month that he turned 18, and spent WWII in the South Pacific. He was honorably discharged in 1946 and resumed his studies at Willamette University, pursuing a degree in Romance Languages. There, he met Jean Carrico, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They married Dec. 10, 1949 and, in 1953, were joined by a daughter, Diana Ruth. As director and house parent(s) at what was then Skipworth Juvenile Home, in Springfield, Bill found a calling in social work. They moved to Colorado where Bill attained his MSW at the University of Denver. Returning to Oregon in the summer of 1958, the family settled on Oak Street, later renamed Oak Terrace, in Lake Oswego. A son, John William, was born that fall, completing their family. Bill spent the majority of his career as an Adult & Family Therapist with the Tualatin Valley Mental Health Center, in Beaverton, retiring in 1989. Bill and Jean enjoyed many happy years of retirement together, traveling, gardening, and passionately supporting humanitarian causes. They were active members of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church. Bill's life was characterized by compassion, humor, and service to others. He did pro bono counseling for the church, the Suicide Hotline, and anyone, young or old, who needed a nonjudgmental listening ear. Their grandchildren were a special joy, and Bill and Jean loved attending their many plays, concerts and sporting events. Jean passed away in September, 2005, after almost 56 years of marriage. Bill continued to live on Oak Street, sustained by the loyal companionship of his dear friends and neighbors, Jackie and Stan Aschenbrenner, Joyce and Chris Swift, and Kathy Kremer and Stephen Young. Bill is much missed by his daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Dave Roberts; their son and daughter-in-law, Don and May Mitchell Roberts; and great-grandchildren, Devlin, Patz, and Finnian, of Anchorage, Alaska; son and daughter-in-law, John and Amanda (Mandy) Barber, of Corvallis, Ore.; grandchildren, Kaitlin (Josh) Hoffman, Erin (Kyle) Brown; great-grand-daughter, Georgia Lily Brown; grandson, Daniel Barber; sister, Ruth Simpson, of Kingman, Ariz.; brother, Martin and sister-in-law, Arkley Barber, of Golden, Colo., and their families; along with many loving friends. A memorial service will be held at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church on a date to be determined. Burial will be at Roseburg National Cemetery in Roseburg, Ore. Remembrances may be made to Oregon Public Broadcasting, in memory of William "Bill" Barber, at OPB.org/Contribute, or mailed to OPB, 7140 S. Macadam Ave., Portland, OR. 97219. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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