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Eugene Howard Barber

August 29, 1931 November 25, 2014
Eugene Howard Barber
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Eugene Howard Barber, age 83, was born on August 29, 1931, in Lakefield, MN, the son of Howard and Clara (Doll) Barber. He grew up on a farm north of Lakefield. Eugene graduated from Lakefield High School in 1948. He had worked at a clothing store in Lakefield and Windom, Trickles in Lakefield, and St. Claire & Krum in Windom. Eugene moved to Worthington in 1952 and worked at Silverberg’s. In 1958, he started working at Rune’s and continued to work there for 36 years. Eugene married Iva Del Sieve on October 28, 1961, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church north of Lakefield. He taught Sunday school and Release time and was an usher for many years. During retirement, he arranged the Bell Ringing for the Salvation Army. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, gardening, traveling, driving for RSVP during retirement, and spending time with his family. Eugene died on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at his residence in Worthington, MN.


Eugene is survived by his wife of 53 years, Iva of Worthington, MN; daughter Lori (Gary) Beres of Green Oaks, IL; sons Steven (Deb) Barber of George, IA; Scott (Shelley) Barber of Worthington, MN; Jeff (Susan) Barber of Worthington, MN; 10 grandchildren: Ashley, Kyle & Daniel Beres; Emma & Madelyn Barber; Gracie & Olivia Barber; Austin, Caleb, & Paige Barber; one brother Lyle (Darla) Barber of Lakefield, MN, many nieces & nephews and great nieces & great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard & Clara; an infant sister, Elaine; a brother, Dale Barber, and nephew, Randy Barber.


Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor David McDonald officiating. Casket bearers will be Russ Barber, Zachery Barber, Channing Barber, Jason Sieve, Bruce Wagner, and Aaron Sieve. Burial will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery

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