Donald Barr Obituary, A cherished Soul Has Died

Donald Barr Obituary, Death – It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Donald H. Barr, aged 87, of DuBois, on Saturday, September 16, 2023. His life, marked by love, service, and family, leaves behind a legacy that will forever be remembered and cherished.

Donald, known to many as Don, was born on February 20, 1936, in Coolspring, PA, the son of the late Don M. Barr and Gladys (Kunselman) Barr. On April 30, 1960, he married the love of his life, Verlene J. (Howlett) Barr, and they shared 63 beautiful years together. His beloved wife Verlene survives him.

Don proudly served his country as a US Army veteran and later retired from Shakespeare as a crane operator. In his earlier years, he found joy in hunting alongside his coon and foxhounds, fishing, and embarking on adventures on his Harley Davidson motorcycle with his beloved wife by his side.

In addition to his wife Verlene, Don is survived by his four loving children: Donald H. Barr Jr. and his wife Melani, John P. Barr, Valarie A. Ellinger and her husband William, and Brian Barr and his wife Amy. He leaves behind a legacy of 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Don is also survived by two sisters, Marcella Strouse and Patricia Surkala, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son Richard A. Barr, six brothers – Everett, Jim, Robert, Herbert, David, and an infant brother Teddy – and two sisters, Margie Brown and Evlyn Sinclair.

A visitation to pay respects and share fond memories will be held on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 4-7pm at The Baronick Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc. A funeral service, officiated by his son Brian Barr, will take place on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 11 am at the funeral home.

Full military honors will be accorded by the members of the DuBois Area Honor Guard, honoring Don’s dedicated service to his country.

In memory of Donald H. Barr, may we carry forward his legacy of love, service, and family bonds. He may be gone from our sight, but his memory will forever shine brightly in our hearts.

With heartfelt sympathy,

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