Barry William Highiet
August 12, 1925 - June 19, 2014
Barry passed away peacefully at home. He was born August 12, 1925 at Robertson Hospital in Modesto, California to Eastern European immigrants Alec and Nettie Zeff Highiet. He was the youngest of three children. He grew up in Modesto, graduating from Modesto High School in 1943. While in high school he was active in sports, including football, basketball, baseball and tennis. He was a writer for the Modesto High School paper, the Broadcast and he also served as corresponding secretary for the Boys Association which planned dances, parties, and other social functions. During Barry's high school years the association helped with war bond and stamp sales, and campaigned for "victory gardens". He was very popular, funny and well-liked, known affectionately as "Hot Dog Highiet". After high school, Barry attended Modesto Junior College and joined the U. S. Navy in December, 1943. He attended radio training at the University of Colorado and was aboard the U.S.S. L. S. T. 271 during the invasion of the Philippine Islands. Upon returning to California in April, 1946, Barry attended Stanford University and worked for a time in his family's business, Modesto Junk Company. In 1952, he ventured out and started Ceres Pipe and Metal where he continued to go until his death.
He was a member of the Modesto Swim and Racquet Club, Sportsmen of Stanislaus, and Del Rio Country Club. He enjoyed playing tennis and won several City of Modesto championships. He enjoyed all sports whether he was a participant as a spectator. He also enjoyed playing cards and had played in several bridge groups. He loved going to the theater, whether it was for a Broadway Musical or a movie. He was on the founding board of the Gallo Center for the Arts and continued to be a generous supporter of the Center. He was a life-long member of Congregation Beth Shalom.
Barry was predeceased by his parents, wife Rosalind, sister Martha, and his brother Harvey. He is survived by his son Doug Highiet (Susan) of Modesto and daughters Lisa Highiet of Modesto and Melinda Crawford of Pleasanton, grandchildren Sara Crawford of Pleasanton, and Adam Crawford of Denver, Colorado. He is also survived by his nephew the Honorable Bernard Garber (Elise) of Stockton, his niece Leslie Cooper (Rick) of San Francisco, nephew Jeffrey Highiet of Modesto and niece Cathy Hunter (Mark) of Novato, California, and many grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his stepdaughters Nancy Melmon(Paul) of San Carlos, and Diane Levin of San Francisco.
Barry was a very kind, generous and caring person. His family, "mishpocha" was more important to him than anything else. He was truly loved and will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave. Modesto at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23, 2014. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetery in Hughson, CA.
Remembrances can be made to Congregation Beth Shalom, 1705 Sherwood Ave., Modesto, CA 95350.
Published in the Modesto Bee from June 21 to June 25, 2014