Ozro N. Barclay, 87
Ozro N. Barclay, age 87, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2014, in Mountain Home.
He was born in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania on September 4, 1926. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in December of 1943 and was called to active duty after completion of high school and served until the end of World War II. He then attended the University of Pittsburgh and was commissioned in the United States Army as an Artillery Officer. Called to active service in November of 1948, he served in the 77th Anti-Aircraft Battalion at Ft. Bliss, Texas until September 1948 when he was separated from active duty to resume his education as a Chemical Engineer. Assigned as a Reserve Officer, he was recalled to active service in September of 1950 due to the Korean War and was sent to Korea in 1951 assigned to the First Cavalry Division as an Artillery Officer. After the completion of his recall period he was released from active service and joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and was assigned to the 112 Fighter Group as Adjutant and then Commander, 112 Air Police Squadron. He was then assigned to the 171st Air Wing later named the 171st Air Refueling Wing. He served as Administration and Personnel Officer ending as Director of Administration and then Personnel. He retired as a Lt. Colonel of the 171st Combat Support Squadron in September 1981 serving his country for over 37 years active and reserve duty. He held the Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Meritorious Service Medal and the USAF Outstanding Unit Award with five stars among his awards and ribbons.
His civilian work included Supervisor Wide Band Stainless Steel Department of a steel
company and Supervisor of the Insulation Department of a major Transformer Company in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. He was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a Life Member of the Military Officers Association of America, and Life Member of the National Association for Uniformed Services.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Margaret; children, Michael E. Barclay and his wife Reem of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Marcia Ann Barclay and her husband Gregory Smith of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, and Mark N. Barclay and his wife Bonnie of Gassville, Arkansas; his sister, Ruth Ann Barclay of Green Bay, Wisconsin; four grandsons, Justin Lott, Matthew, Christopher and Ryan Barklay, and three step-grandchildren, J.R. Lott, Austin and Mikayla Horne. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ozro N. and Vera E. Barclay and his sisters, Elva June Boeggeman and Claire Ellen Hunkins.
Margaret and he raised their three children in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, moving to Sarasota, Florida in 1982 after he was retired from the Air Force. While in Florida, his membership in the Knights of Columbus was transferred to Council 13307 of St. Patrick's Church. He served in various positions ending as Grand Knight of the Council. They moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas in 2006 and transferred his membership in the Knights to Fisherman Council 7353, serving as Membership Director and then Grand Knight for three years. He also transferred his membership as a 4th Degree Knight to Fr. Henry Chinery Assembly 2060 and became a member of their Honor Guard. He served the Arkansas State Council as Pennies From Heaven Director for five years and was also an usher for St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church.
Visitation will be from Noon-9:00 P.M. Thursday at Roller Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. A Vigil Service will be at 7:00 P.M. in the Roller Chapel with Deacon Richard Linstad officiating. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. Friday, January 10, 2013 at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Reverend Norbert Rappold as celebrant. Entombment with Military Honors by the United States Air Force will follow in Baxter Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Roger Perreault, Paul Schwarz, Frank Hanson, Doug Cordray, Eugene Kohnen and Dennis McKamey.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House. Visit our online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Roller-Chenal Funeral Home
13801 Chenal Parkway Little Rock, AR 72211
Published in Baxter Bulletin from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2014